We need aggregated data on bullying in the NHSBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f209 (Published 15 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f209
- David Michael Hands, visiting professor in health policy and management1
- 1University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd CF37 1DL, UK
Jarman rightly highlights concerns about systemic bullying in the NHS in England.1 His references to independent US evidence, corroborating UK experience,2 3 in the context of the Mid-Staffordshire Inquiry, are particularly important. Having given evidence to that inquiry,4 I believe that bullying, often associated with victimisation of whistleblowers, is widespread and its impact underestimated.
The reasons are complex and multifactorial …