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Consultant cardiologist awarded $4.2 million in libel suit

Published:Wednesday | March 12, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A special jury has awarded consultant cardiologist Dr Sandra Phillips $4.2 million in damages for libel.




The jury made the award yesterday after a hearing which lasted several days in the Supreme Court.



Justice Leighton Pusey presided at the trial.



Dr Phillips was dismissed in 2010 by the South East Regional Health Authority.



Following her dismissal notices were posted all over the compound of the Bustamante Hospital for Children that she no longer worked there and if found on the property, management must be notified immediately.



Dr Phillips, who was represented by attorneys-at-law Oliver Smith and Hugh Wildman, sued on the grounds that the notices were offensive.



The South East Regional Health Authority, the Attorney General and Dr Natalie Richards Dawson were defendants in the case.



The defendants had claimed justification and qualified privilege.



They also contended that the words were not libelous.



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