NHS stress results in compensationThe Department of Health has ordered Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust to pay a health worker £370,550 plus a further £24,000 for every year of his life after he made a claim that working in the NHS caused him stress, a newspaper has reported.

Spokeswoman for the City Hospital, Jessamy Kinghorn, told the Birmingham Post that the permanent incapacity payment was “reluctantly” being prepared for the former NHS employee who retired more than 13 years ago.

However, there has been dispute over who is responsible for the compensation because City Hospital NHS Trust was dissolved in 2002 and formed the new merged Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust.

Lawyer Iain Shoolbred, an illness specialist at Birmingham law firm Irwin Mitchell, told the newspaper: “Generally, stress injuries are becoming more common as legislation is more protective of an employee, there are longer working hours and some unscrupulous companies that make life difficult for workers to force them out.”

It was recently revealed that Shirley Chaplin, 54, is set to accuse her employers – Royal Devon and Exeter Trust – of discrimination after being asked to remove a necklace which featured a Christian cross.