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Letters Bullying in the NHS

Bullying and undermining by line managers in the NHS

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 20 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2240
  1. Shyam Kumar, consultant in trauma and orthopaedics
  1. University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster LA1 4RP
  1. ajshyamkumar{at}

I read Rimmer’s article titled “Tackling bullying in the NHS” with interest.1 Clare Marx rightly highlights the importance of good clinical leadership in tackling unprofessional behaviour, saying, “A big part of that is the development of leadership skills and crucially tackling unprofessional behaviour towards colleagues: anything from basic rudeness to outright bullying and undermining.”1

The debate, …

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