A senior health board manager who claimed he was 'turfed out' of his job to make way for a new regime has lost his case for constructive, unfair dismissal.

Nigel Young, former director of commissioning and strategic management at Tayside health board, put his case at a five-day tribunal in Edinburgh last month.

Mr Young was one of a group of health board employees who allegedly made overpayments to themselves and others totalling£113,051 between 1995 and 1997.

He claimed he had been 'chaperoned' from his office, sent on extended leave, and then suspended. He said he resigned the day before a disciplinary hearing because he felt it would not be fair.

Mr Young's solicitor, Alun Thomas of Edinburgh-based firm Anderson Strathearn, would not indicate whether his client would appeal until seeing the detail of the judgment, due to appear in four to six weeks' time.

Tayside health board confirmed that 'Mr Young's application was unsuccessful' but declined to comment further. However, it said it was 'committed to collecting the outstanding sums due by all of those involved'.

Two Dundee members of the Scottish Parliament have called for Mr Young and former general manager Leslie Barrie to repay the money they owe, in an attempt to raise the profile of their case.