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Fifty senior doctors ask CEO for protection against bullying

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Fifty senior consultants from a minority ethnic background at University Hospitals North Midlands have written to Tracy Bullock and trust chair David Wakefield asking for action to ‘protect’ staff from bullying behaviours following an internal survey in which 348 medics claimed to have experienced bullying and harassment.

In a subsequent letter on 5 August, seen by HSJ, 50 doctors have now said: “We are forced to express our concerns over the prevailing poor culture within our organisation with most senior medical staff presently reporting they have suffered or witnessed first-hand discrimination, bullying, harassment, or victimisation. We… ask for urgent action by the executive and non-executive boards to immediately implement measures to protect senior medical staff from unacceptable ill-treatment.”

A separate external review is now understood to have been commissioned amid concerns over bullying within ophthalmology services. 

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Source: HSJ, 19 August 2021

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