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Scottish health secretary orders independent inquiry into bullying culture at NHS Highland

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4778 (Published 09 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4778
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The Scottish government has ordered an independent inquiry into alleged bullying at NHS Highland after doctors blew the whistle on what they described as a “culture of fear and intimidation” at the health board for the past decade.

Scottish health secretary Jeane Freeman said an independent external investigation would take place following the allegations that surfaced in September 2018 when a group of clinicians including Inverness GP Iain Kennedy wrote to The Herald newspaper1 warning that “bullying” and “intimidation” of whistleblowers was rife at NHS Highland and …

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