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Hundreds of staff may have been harmed by bullying and harassment in NHS Highland

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 10 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2166
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh, UK

Leaders of the health service in Scotland are to be brought together to examine how working relationships with staff can be improved in the wake of a series of reports of bullying and harassment.

The move follows publication of an independent inquiry into complaints raised at NHS Highland where doctors alleged “a culture of fear and intimidation” had existed for the past decade.1

The report compiled by John Sturrock said that while it was not possible to conclude that a bullying culture existed at NHS Highland, “it seems possible that many hundreds have experienced behaviour that is inappropriate. That seems far too many.”

The inquiry was commissioned by the Scottish government and health secretary Jeane …

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