‘There’s a culture of bullying in the trust’ claim Northern Lincolnshire NHS staff
Staff working for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust have issued claims of bullying and toxcitity within their hospitals.
Some staff at the Diana Princess of Wales hospital in Grimsby have stated that their is a hierarchal system of bullying from senior members of staff.
The worst claims come from the A&E department, where there are rampant claims of misogyny and racism amongst other forms of bullying from senior doctors to the nursing staff.
A member of staff claimed that the department “isn’t safe” and that in the event of an emergency they would rather drive to Hull or Lincoln for treatment than go to the Grimsby hospital.
One member of staff has claimed that there is a “culture of bullying” within the NHS trust, and that any allegations made are “pushed under the rug” to “keep up the trust’s reputation”.
These accusations within the NHS are not new, as claims have been increasing over the past ten years especially in the A&E department.
Multiple sources told Gi Media that bullying started at the top of the trust and worked it’s way down through every department.
According to those sources, staff in A&E are particularly hard hit by bullying claims which also affects patient care.
In 2019, The Guardian shared an article regarding the “endemic” of bullying and sexual harassment in the NHS.
In the article Kim Sunley, national officer for the Royal College of Nursing, claimed that the rise in bullying accusations could be down to chronic staff shortages and systemic pressures.
Back in December 2019, the “Alliance Against Bullying” document was drawn together following a conference which found “highly unacceptable levels of bullying and harassment in the NHS.”
The document aimed to provide a list of ideas and interventions to prevent and decrease the amount of bullying within the national health service.
However, these initiatives and standard practices have yet to be seen as more and more claims are made within NHS hospitals.
Responding to the claims Peter Reading, Chief Executive of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust, said: “We take allegations like this very seriously and staff have a number of well-established, independent and confidential routes to raise concerns like these.
“The allegations about the A&E at Grimsby have not been raised through these routes.
“I would urge any members of staff to please raise their concerns with someone – their line manager, a trade union representative, our Freedom to Speak Up Guardian or the Care Quality Commission – so we can get the full details and investigate them.”