20% of NHS workers hit by bullying

Commenting a survey* out today (2 July) that 20% of NHS staff have endured bullying in the past year, Christina McAnea, UNISON head of health, said:

“Nobody should have to put up with bullying or harassment at work and employers have a duty of care towards their staff. They must make sure that they have proper procedures in place to make sure staff can speak out with confidence and without fear and that their concerns will be acted upon.

“Bullying is often a symptom of people under pressure, and NHS staff are currently under serious pressure. The top down re-organisation of the NHS, the pressure on budgets and on staff means that a more stressed out culture has hit the NHS.”

*Survey published in the online journal BMJ Open.