There is a grand collusion in politics and public services that bullying is uncontrollable, and therefore nothing is done. Large organisations have exit interviews, but the 4 UK Health services and the Irish have the same problem. The health services are chaotic, dysfunctional and one of the worst cultures to work in – and bullying is endemic everywhere. The recent article in the Times (Not available on line) indicates a soaring number of reports, is reproduced below. This illustrates the difference between prevalence (the total amount) and incidence (What comes to our attention). It may well be good news that more bullying is reported…. How about exit interviews then? No wonder GPs, who are self employed, resist being salaried and bought into the state culture!
Public representatives should respond to claims of abuse and harassment in politics by leading the way to stamp out such behaviour in any workplace
Kieran Andres in Scotland 27th December 2018: Patients ‘losing out amid culture of bullying in NHS’ and even if you want to see him: The Minister is too busy to see you! (Jan 8th 2019)
Bullying costs the NHS more than £2 BILLION a year due to harassed staff quitting, making mistakes and resigning …Daily Mail–26 Oct 2018
and 8th November 2018:The number of NHS staff in Hull who say they’re being bullied
Health Service Journal 16th November 2018 by Laurence Dunhill: Full details: New NHS England and Improvement structure
The Times reports 25th Feb 2019 (Jonathan Ames) and not on line: Bullying and harassment claims in NHS soar by 40%.
Bullying and sexual harassment allegations in the NHS have risen by nearly 40% over the past 5 years, but only a fraction of claims result in disciplinary action.
Figures released yesterday showed that there were 585 reports of bullying and harassment9n the health service (presumably England only), up from 420 in 2013-14.
It was also revealed that two hospital trusts had imposed gagging orders on employees after settling claims.
Staff shortages and other work pressures were blamed for the rising number of reports, which include various forms of harassment including racism.
The figures emerged from a freedom of information act request submitted by the Guardian. A London surgeon, who asked not to be named, told the newspaper: “There are times when I have been operating and racist comments were used – this was when I was more junior, and it happens less now i am more senior.”……
Findings show sheer scale of issue, with only a fraction of cases leading to disciplinary action
…Dr Anthea Mowat, British Medical Association representative body chair, said: “This is further evidence of the scale of bullying taking place in the NHS and it is essential that solutions are put in place immediately to eradicate unacceptable behaviour.”
This was too serious for another cartoon!