HC orders unfairly fired IGMH doctor to be reinstated

High Court of Maldives | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – The High Court of Maldives has ordered the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) to reinstate former Medical Officer, Dr. Mohamed Ziyad, after he was unfairly fired from his job.

This verdict overturns the decision of the Employment Tribunal, which initially looked into the matter, after Dr. Ziyad filed a case against the Hospital for wrongful termination on 8th March, 2016.

Ziyad’s case was based on grounds that his termination violates the Employment Act, the Civil Service Act, as well as the Civil Service Regulations, and as for a full compensation in salary of the duration he was unemployed, as well as to reinstate his job.

However, the Tribunal’s verdict was against Dr. Ziyad, stating that it was clear that multiple complaints were made against him by department heads regarding his conduct at work. It further stated that reinstating Dr. Ziyad would not be a right course of action given the circumstances and hence, a compensation of MVR 90,504 was ordered to be paid to Dr. Ziyad with in 15 days from 5th December 2016.

Dr. Ziyad then proceeded to appeal the case with the High Court, which overturned the decision of the Tribunal and ordered the Civil Service Commission to reinstate Dr. Ziyad within 14 days, and should Dr. Ziyad’s designation not be available, to provide him with employment of equal designation with in the hospital. It was also ordered to not refer to Dr. Ziyad as someone who was terminated.

The Civil Service Commission was also ordered to provide Dr. Ziyad with a full salary and allowance compensation from the day of termination to the day of reinstatement. Adherent to the verdict has also been notified to be communicated with the High Court within seven days of compliance.