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THE 2010 SUSPENSION of one of Barbados’ leading cardiologists, Dr Richard Ishmael, by the board of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has long been lifted but a High Court yesterday deemed it unlawful.
As a result, Ishmael has been awarded “nominal damages” of $5 000.
In December 2010, the specialist was placed on a month’s suspension after he sent correspondence in November that same year to the QEH Director of Medical Services, in which he made certain statements about then Minister of Health Donville Inniss and heart specialist Dr Alfred Sparman. The suspension was lifted after two weeks.
However, through his attorneys, Queen’s Counsel Leslie Haynes, Laura Harvey-Read and Karen Perreira, Ishmael sued the QEH for breach  of his employment contract and  wrongful dismissal. (HLE)