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Gran, 88, wins ‘ageist’ claim after sacking from NHS job

Frogmarched out: Eileen Jolly was fired

A HOSPITAL secretary has become the oldest person to win an age discrimination case after she was frogmarched out of her office by security.

Eileen Jolly, 88, who has a heart condition and walks with a stick, was sacked by the Royal Berkshire Hospital in January 2017 after colleagues were concerned about her age and ‘frailty’.

Mrs Jolly, who was 85 at the time, overheard a colleague saying: ‘Eileen won’t be coming back’ after being told to collect her things.

She was blamed for 14 women having to wait more than a year for non-urgent breast surgery at the hospital in Reading. The defiant grandmother, who planned to work until she was 90, took her bosses to a tribunal in November which has now found in her favour.

It said she had not received training when her job changed after another member of staff left and the hospital changed its administration procedures.

Employment judge Andrew Gumbiti-Zimuto said: ‘There is a suspicion of the claimant being a scapegoat.’ Mrs Jolly, whose husband died two weeks before the tribunal began, said: ‘I have not read the judgment yet. I am seeing my solicitor either this week or next week.’

She will have to wait until October to learn her compensation. The hospital’s Trust has not ruled out an appeal.