STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

NHS bullying is a threat to patients: Health ministers warning of ‘toxic’ culture after survey finds quarter of doctors, nurses and other staff have fallen victim

  • A quarter of all NHS employees have been victimised by their colleagues
  • Staff introduced to each other by their pay scales instead of their names
  • Hierarchical Attitudes impede ability to improve care and patients safety
  • NHS told to be more like Asda where staff have sense of pride over work 

A ‘toxic’ culture of bullying amongst NHS staff is putting the safety of patients at risk, a health minister has warned. Lord Prior revealed that a quarter of employees have been victimised by their own colleagues, a rate unheard of in other organisations. He said the health service needed to learn lessons from the supermarket chain Asda where staff feel valued and turn-up to work with a sense of pride.

By contrast, he spoke of how many doctors, nurses and back-office healthcare staff had become ‘switched-off’ and disillusioned. He also warned of the culture of hierarchy in the NHS with nurses routinely introducing themselves to other workers by their pay-scales, or ‘bands’, rather than their names. The health minister suggested that bosses should be ‘pushing the panic button’ over the high rates of bullying and taking urgent action to improve staff morale. He warned that the this attitude was impeding the NHS’s drive to improve care and safety, in the face of tighter financial constraints and the increasing elderly population.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3152886/NHS-bullying-threat-patients-Health-ministers-warning-toxic-culture-survey-finds-quarter-doctors-nurses-staff-fallen-victim.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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NHS Whistleblower demands action

A DOCTOR who says he was victimised after raising concerns about patient care has written an open letter demanding a full investigation by the Scottish Government.

Dr Sukhomoy Das, who was invited to take part in Sir Robert Francis’ review of the way the NHS treats whistleblowers, is demanding a probe into the issues he raised and believes were covered up. Dr Das, who is still employed by the NHS working with stroke patients, says he raised concerns about the quality of locum cover hired by his former health board, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, back in 2006. The board insists his concerns, which included patients being misdiagnosed, were fully probed at the time and no patient safety issues were identified. However, the board has twice paid settlements to Dr Das since 2006 after failing to interview him for two different jobs.

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http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/nhs-whistleblower-demands-action.121091453

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