An employment tribunal concerning Dr Rosalind Ranson and her alleged dismissal from the Department of Health and Social Care has come to an end.

Legal teams for both Dr Ranson and the department made their closing statements and the tribunal has retired to consider all the evidence before publishing its judgment.

The tribunal proved to be a dramatic one, with sensational accusations made on either side of the room.

Dr Ranson levelled criticism at the department as a whole, as well as former DHSC chief executive Kathryn Magson, and the director of Public Health, Dr Henrietta Ewart.

She also implied that she was the victim of harsh punishment for whistleblowing against the department to Tynwald’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in May 2021.

Further allegations were made on Friday.

In his closing statement on behalf of Dr Ranson, her lawyer, Oliver Segal QC, alleged that minutes submitted to the tribunal by the DHSC from a meeting in 2020 were forged.

Meta data on the file showed it had been created just a few weeks ago.

If this proves to be true, the documents could be referred to the police.

Tribunal chairman Douglas Stewart stated that after the panel makes a decision on Dr Ranson’s case, it will meet again to hear evidence from the department regarding the claims.

It will then decide whether it needs to pass the matter on to the police.

As the Manx Independent reported last week, the disclosure of documents from the department was critiqued multiple times throughout the tribunal.

It was first revealed that additional documents were only disclosed by the DHSC’s lawyers in the days before former DHSC chief executive Ms Magson was due to give evidence.

In response to this, Mr Segal said that in 29 years doing his job it was the closest he had come to saying a respondent has not complied with disclosure.

On Tuesday, February 1, proceedings were again delayed when the DHSC disclosed more documents overnight. Mr Segal doubled down on his criticism of the DHSC as a result, arguing the delayed release of the documents amounted to an ’ambush’ for Dr Ranson.

On Friday at the tribunal’s close, Mr Stewart told the hearing the panel was ’very concerned’ about the manner in which the department submitted additional paperwork throughout the proceedings.

He specifically questioned the omission of an email, about the decision not to transfer Dr Ranson to Manx Care, telling the department’s legal team it ’looks very selective’.

Throughout Dr Ranson’s three-week employment and equality tribunal against the DHSC, the department has insisted she was not unfairly dismissed and her transition over to Manx Care was not blocked due to her being a whistleblower.

Mr Stewart has warned that the tribunal’s judgement may take some time to be released as they consider all of the evidence submitted over the last few weeks.