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National Health Service: Bullying - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 3rd July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Clark of Windermere Lord Clark of Windermere Labour 3:15 pm, 3rd July 2019

I thank the Minister for her Answer. As she said, the latest survey shows that over 25% of NHS staff had personally experienced bullying from fellow employees in the previous 12 months. Does she agree that that is appalling and intolerable, and that in most other organisations it would simply not be tolerated? I accept that the problem is exacerbated by the chronic staff shortages, but bullying can be reduced by firm and proper management practices. That is within the Government’s power, so will they get on with the action of reducing the intolerable level of bullying in the NHS?