Short cuts

Published: 08/01/2004, Volume II4, No. 5886 Page 8

An Indian doctor has been given record damages of£635,000 after his attempts to become a consultant were thwarted by officials.Vijay Jadhav, a staff-grade doctor, was told he could not progress to become a consultant because his visa would run out before the training was finished.But officials knew the immigration rules were about to be changed.The case may have ramifications for 1,250 other overseas doctors who are said to have been subject to the same restrictions.The pay-out is the largest discrimination award made against the NHS.