£557,000 payout goes to RAF nurse

A ROYAL Air Force nurse who helped treat the severely wounded at Wroughton’s military hospital has been awarded more than £557,000 against the Ministry of Defence after accusing the RAF of favouring men instead of women for promotion in the medical field.

Wendy Williams, who was ward manager at the Princess Alexandra Military Hospital, left to become the highest ranking RAF nurse as a Group Captain.

But she complained at Birmingham Employment Tribunal, where she made a legal claim for sex discrimination against the MoD, that she had not been selected for the position of Commodore in the Defence Medical Group because she was a woman.

A male group captain got the top medical job instead of her.

She told an earlier hearing: “It was apparent the promotion process was stacked against me as a nurse and midwife.”

She sought compensation from the MoD after complaining she had been humiliated, demoralised and “totally let down” by the RAF’s attitude towards promoting women.

Ms Williams accused the RAF of a lack of transparency.

Tribunal judge Victoria Dean later said later Ms Williams had won her case and a decision over compensation would be made at a later date.

Now she has announced that Ms Williams has been awarded a total of £557,038.70.

In announcing the award, Miss Dean made recommendations to the MOD.

She said: “With immediate effect all personnel participating in assignment, promotion or recruitment activities should be trained in equality and diversity as referred to in the Equality Act.

“The tribunal also recommends that the respondent shall, before the end of this year, and thereafter, conduct an equality impact assessment for all positions and selection for promotion processes.

“The tribunal furthermore recommends that with immediate effect, the respondent shall assess each medical appointment, open to all medical rank applications, and that research on female representation be initiated.”

Miss Dean said the tribunal had been told that only six of 470 top positions among the Armed Forces medical staff had been held by women between 2011 and 2012.

Ms Williams was promoted to group captain after leaving Wroughton, where she had treated severely wounded servicemen and women.

Ms Williams’ work had been praised by Brigadier John Parker at the tribunal hearing.

He said :”Her performance, during a very demanding period, revealed an officer of great skill, energy, drive and potential as well as having an excellent understanding of the operational environment of an NHS Trust.”

Retired Air Vice Marshall Evans described Ms Williams work as “outstanding in managing an unprecedented number of seriously injured operational casualties.”

Ms Williams has moved to Cambridgeshire following retirement. Her compensation claim had been opposed by the Ministry of Defence and the sex discrimination allegation denied.

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6:58am Wed 7 May 14

villageoldman says...

And the Tories closed a perfectly good hospital (RAF Wroughton) after spending £10million on it., Just so one of their MPs wouldn't lose his place .
Portsmouth. Long memory ,never forgotton.
And the Tories closed a perfectly good hospital (RAF Wroughton) after spending £10million on it., Just so one of their MPs wouldn't lose his place . Portsmouth. Long memory ,never forgotton. villageoldman
  • Score: 18

8:23am Wed 7 May 14

ChannelX says...


Tribunal judge Victoria Dean


Who could ever have guessed the outcome of this tribunal?
[quote] Tribunal judge Victoria Dean [/quote] Who could ever have guessed the outcome of this tribunal? ChannelX
  • Score: 8

8:45am Wed 7 May 14

stfcdod says...

Wtf?
Wtf? stfcdod
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9:29am Wed 7 May 14

stratton man says...

This woman complains that the RAF discriminated against her on the grounds that she is a woman yet she was promoted to the senior rank of Group Captain.Think she saw the chance of making some easy money at the end of her career and grabbed it with both hands.
This woman complains that the RAF discriminated against her on the grounds that she is a woman yet she was promoted to the senior rank of Group Captain.Think she saw the chance of making some easy money at the end of her career and grabbed it with both hands. stratton man
  • Score: 17

12:29pm Wed 7 May 14

Billy Jo says...

Repulsive. Clearly this woman cares a lot more about her own financial well being than that of those she used to "care" for. No wonder the armed forces struggle with cash when parasites like her bleed them dry because a chap was better qualified to do her job.
Repulsive. Clearly this woman cares a lot more about her own financial well being than that of those she used to "care" for. No wonder the armed forces struggle with cash when parasites like her bleed them dry because a chap was better qualified to do her job. Billy Jo
  • Score: 13

5:26pm Wed 7 May 14

asimo says...

Billy Jo wrote:
Repulsive. Clearly this woman cares a lot more about her own financial well being than that of those she used to "care" for. No wonder the armed forces struggle with cash when parasites like her bleed them dry because a chap was better qualified to do her job.
Billy Jo shi* for brains
The only thing repulsive is the clap trap ***** you comment on and not just on this thread. You have no sense of justice or equality. I say "hats off" to this lady for fighting for the right to equal treatment and I hope this sends a clear message to other organisations, who should know better. If any blame needs to be apportioned here it needs to be squarely levied at the management who have cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds. Only 6 out of 470 top roles held by woman (1.47%) and yet you condemn this woman for having the courage to challenge this "status quo" and clearly display ignorance for law. Sack all those involed in this outrageous scandal and use their salaries to pay for all the costs. Good luck to Wendy Williams now she has retired and doubt has suffered many sleepless nights as a direct result of the actions of her former employer. Inspirational thats what this lady is and her legal team. Count your blessing Billy Jo . . . you or your family never had to call on her services !
[quote][p][bold]Billy Jo[/bold] wrote: Repulsive. Clearly this woman cares a lot more about her own financial well being than that of those she used to "care" for. No wonder the armed forces struggle with cash when parasites like her bleed them dry because a chap was better qualified to do her job.[/p][/quote]Billy Jo shi* for brains The only thing repulsive is the clap trap ***** you comment on and not just on this thread. You have no sense of justice or equality. I say "hats off" to this lady for fighting for the right to equal treatment and I hope this sends a clear message to other organisations, who should know better. If any blame needs to be apportioned here it needs to be squarely levied at the management who have cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds. Only 6 out of 470 top roles held by woman (1.47%) and yet you condemn this woman for having the courage to challenge this "status quo" and clearly display ignorance for law. Sack all those involed in this outrageous scandal and use their salaries to pay for all the costs. Good luck to Wendy Williams now she has retired and doubt has suffered many sleepless nights as a direct result of the actions of her former employer. Inspirational thats what this lady is and her legal team. Count your blessing Billy Jo . . . you or your family never had to call on her services ! asimo
  • Score: -3

6:20pm Wed 7 May 14

stfcdod says...

asimo wrote:
Billy Jo wrote:
Repulsive. Clearly this woman cares a lot more about her own financial well being than that of those she used to "care" for. No wonder the armed forces struggle with cash when parasites like her bleed them dry because a chap was better qualified to do her job.
Billy Jo shi* for brains
The only thing repulsive is the clap trap ***** you comment on and not just on this thread. You have no sense of justice or equality. I say "hats off" to this lady for fighting for the right to equal treatment and I hope this sends a clear message to other organisations, who should know better. If any blame needs to be apportioned here it needs to be squarely levied at the management who have cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds. Only 6 out of 470 top roles held by woman (1.47%) and yet you condemn this woman for having the courage to challenge this "status quo" and clearly display ignorance for law. Sack all those involed in this outrageous scandal and use their salaries to pay for all the costs. Good luck to Wendy Williams now she has retired and doubt has suffered many sleepless nights as a direct result of the actions of her former employer. Inspirational thats what this lady is and her legal team. Count your blessing Billy Jo . . . you or your family never had to call on her services !
......and this is exactly why the country is in the state it is. Everybody blaming and suing everybody else. If you think that this is a good thing asimo, you're on another planet to most of us.
[quote][p][bold]asimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Billy Jo[/bold] wrote: Repulsive. Clearly this woman cares a lot more about her own financial well being than that of those she used to "care" for. No wonder the armed forces struggle with cash when parasites like her bleed them dry because a chap was better qualified to do her job.[/p][/quote]Billy Jo shi* for brains The only thing repulsive is the clap trap ***** you comment on and not just on this thread. You have no sense of justice or equality. I say "hats off" to this lady for fighting for the right to equal treatment and I hope this sends a clear message to other organisations, who should know better. If any blame needs to be apportioned here it needs to be squarely levied at the management who have cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds. Only 6 out of 470 top roles held by woman (1.47%) and yet you condemn this woman for having the courage to challenge this "status quo" and clearly display ignorance for law. Sack all those involed in this outrageous scandal and use their salaries to pay for all the costs. Good luck to Wendy Williams now she has retired and doubt has suffered many sleepless nights as a direct result of the actions of her former employer. Inspirational thats what this lady is and her legal team. Count your blessing Billy Jo . . . you or your family never had to call on her services ![/p][/quote]......and this is exactly why the country is in the state it is. Everybody blaming and suing everybody else. If you think that this is a good thing asimo, you're on another planet to most of us. stfcdod
  • Score: 5

9:40pm Wed 7 May 14

asimo says...

stfcdod wrote:
asimo wrote:
Billy Jo wrote:
Repulsive. Clearly this woman cares a lot more about her own financial well being than that of those she used to "care" for. No wonder the armed forces struggle with cash when parasites like her bleed them dry because a chap was better qualified to do her job.
Billy Jo shi* for brains
The only thing repulsive is the clap trap ***** you comment on and not just on this thread. You have no sense of justice or equality. I say "hats off" to this lady for fighting for the right to equal treatment and I hope this sends a clear message to other organisations, who should know better. If any blame needs to be apportioned here it needs to be squarely levied at the management who have cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds. Only 6 out of 470 top roles held by woman (1.47%) and yet you condemn this woman for having the courage to challenge this "status quo" and clearly display ignorance for law. Sack all those involed in this outrageous scandal and use their salaries to pay for all the costs. Good luck to Wendy Williams now she has retired and doubt has suffered many sleepless nights as a direct result of the actions of her former employer. Inspirational thats what this lady is and her legal team. Count your blessing Billy Jo . . . you or your family never had to call on her services !
......and this is exactly why the country is in the state it is. Everybody blaming and suing everybody else. If you think that this is a good thing asimo, you're on another planet to most of us.
Chain them to the sink, keep them as breeding machines and deny them their rights. Nice one. . who is on a different planet ? Get over yourselves. Your mothers and daughers must be proud of your sentiments,principle
s and values. Well done, give each other a hug !
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]asimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Billy Jo[/bold] wrote: Repulsive. Clearly this woman cares a lot more about her own financial well being than that of those she used to "care" for. No wonder the armed forces struggle with cash when parasites like her bleed them dry because a chap was better qualified to do her job.[/p][/quote]Billy Jo shi* for brains The only thing repulsive is the clap trap ***** you comment on and not just on this thread. You have no sense of justice or equality. I say "hats off" to this lady for fighting for the right to equal treatment and I hope this sends a clear message to other organisations, who should know better. If any blame needs to be apportioned here it needs to be squarely levied at the management who have cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds. Only 6 out of 470 top roles held by woman (1.47%) and yet you condemn this woman for having the courage to challenge this "status quo" and clearly display ignorance for law. Sack all those involed in this outrageous scandal and use their salaries to pay for all the costs. Good luck to Wendy Williams now she has retired and doubt has suffered many sleepless nights as a direct result of the actions of her former employer. Inspirational thats what this lady is and her legal team. Count your blessing Billy Jo . . . you or your family never had to call on her services ![/p][/quote]......and this is exactly why the country is in the state it is. Everybody blaming and suing everybody else. If you think that this is a good thing asimo, you're on another planet to most of us.[/p][/quote]Chain them to the sink, keep them as breeding machines and deny them their rights. Nice one. . who is on a different planet ? Get over yourselves. Your mothers and daughers must be proud of your sentiments,principle s and values. Well done, give each other a hug ! asimo
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