NHS staff reveal their bullying and harassment experiences

There was a tremendous turn-out on Friday for the GMB, doctors’ and the whistleblowers’ meeting at Eden Court Theatre, highlighting alleged cases of bullying and harassment at NHS Highland.
There were some very harrowing stories told by victims which brought home a culture of bullying and harassment within the health authority.
“I was appalled and shocked by what I heard,” said MSP David Stewart, who represents the Highlands and Islands and is Labour’s Shadow Health Minister.
Already there have been 140 written statements taken from those with grievances. More are expected to come in after the announcement by the Scottish Government that the independent review into allegations will be conducted by John Sturrock QC giving people a safe place to tell their experiences.
Mr Stewart will be taking part in the Member’s Debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday November 27th) – the debate has been lodged by MSP Edward Mountain and is also supported by MSP John Finnie.
“Those coming forward to the review must now receive help and support to cope with what they have experienced,” said Mr Stewart.
NHS Highland is also to get extra support from the Scottish Government under emergency powers, a serious intervention according to Mr Stewart.
A transformation director will assist the board in planning and delivering the improvements necessary to restore financial balance and in implementing the governance arrangements which flow from a recent review commissioned by NHS Highland.
“As all this goes on it mustn’t be forgotten that our hard-working front line staff are still battling away and are highly regarded by the Highland community,” said Mr Stewart.
a change in culture.”