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UK trusts urged to stamp out bullying and harassment at work

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 19 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:138
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The health services' watchdog has reiterated its stance that bullying and harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated, after investigations of two trusts which were plagued by widespread complaints of abuse and low staff morale.

    The UK Healthcare Commission investigated East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust after complaints from staff and a local GP that grievances of bullying and harassment were not being tackled appropriately or consistently. It found that although the perception of bullying and harassment in staff at the organisation was particularly high, the actual number of allegations was no higher than at other similar trusts.

    The report did find problems in the organisation, however. It said …

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