Thursday, 27 October 2016

NHS staff lay bare a bullying culture | Sarah Johnson

NHS staff lay bare a bullying culture | Sarah Johnson

A shocking four-fifths of respondents to a Guardian survey reveal they have been bullied, and a third have lost jobs as result

Bullying is a pernicious problem in the NHS. That’s the stark finding from exclusive research by the Guardian. The online survey of more than 1,500 doctors, nurses and other health workers in hospitals, primary care and community settings, found that 81% had experienced bullying and for almost half of them (44%), it is still ongoing. Close to nine out of 10 bullying victims who responded have been left with their cases unresolved.

Although the survey on bullying was self-selecting, the findings underline the results of the official annual NHS staff survey. The 2015 survey of nearly 300,000 healthcare professionals across England found that a quarter of staff in NHS trusts had experienced bullying, harassment or abuse in the previous 12 months.

Respondents who have been bullied take on average 108 days off work and a third have contemplated leaving their jobs. 

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