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Six out of 10 doctors in Wales bullied for raising safety concerns, says damning BMA report

Dr Phil Banfield, chair of the association, says the figures from a survey of doctors and consultants in secondary care are ‘hugely worrying’

Six out of 10 doctors and consultants in Wales say they have been bullied or harassed for raising concerns about patient safety to senior managers. That is just one of the damning statistics from a survey of doctors and consultants in secondary care released today by the British Medical Association (BMA). The association’s Welsh Council chairman, Dr Phil Banfield, has called the findings “hugely worrying” and called on the Welsh Government to “create a culture of support”.

The report goes on to suggest that doctors and consultants think the NHS in Wales is riven with poor leadership and a lack of direction from hospital managers, and that serious mistakes are avoided more by luck than sound planning and robust systems.

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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/six-out-10-doctors-wales-9497328

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Support group established to help NHS staff who are being “bullied and abused” – By Jo Stephenson – Nursing Times

The Betrayed By Her Trust group  http://bbht.tumblr.com/ was formed by the friends and family former of former mental health nurse Ingra Kirkland who claim her life was “ruined” by unfounded allegations and “bullying” that led to her leaving her job at Worcestershire Health and Social Care Trust. Led by Ms Kirkland’s husband Nigel Gilbert, the group has been fighting to clear her name for more than two years.

Mr Gilbert told Nursing Times the campaigners had now decided to form a new organisation after hearing about other cases “of nurses ruined by the abuse and bullying of managers or other senior staff”.  The wider group – called Betrayed By Their Trust – is set to launch formally next month [February] but is already looking into five cases involving nursing staff who were employed in the Worcestershire area.

“We want to create an organisation to give mutual support to NHS staff and their families who are victims of abuse and bullying,” said Mr Gilbert. “We also want to help them to achieve some kind of justice or recognition of what has been done to them.”

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Support group established to help NHS staff who are being bullied

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