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Bullying and harassment cost NHS over £2bn a year, study suggests

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 24 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4463
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

The consequences of bullying and harassment in the NHS cost the service in England at least £2.28bn (€2.58bn; $2.96bn) a year, an analysis suggests.1

Researchers used data from NHS Digital to gauge the impact of bullying and harassment on sickness absence, employee turnover, productivity, sickness presenteeism, and employment relations. The authors described the final £2.28bn figure as an “extremely cautious” estimate, as several costs lack reliable evidence.

The analysis, published in the journal Public Money and Management,1 estimated that the cost to the …

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