Hull Trust boss vows to end bullying

Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A health chief has promised to take action after cases of serious bullying were uncovered at hospitals in Hull and East Yorkshire.

A report by the conciliation service ACAS says staff working at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, East Yorkshire, were subjected to aggressive behaviour.

It claims employees were pushed and prodded, ridiculed, called names and regularly sworn, shouted and tutted at.

Now Chris Long, the new chief executive of the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospitals, has promised to make bullying a thing of the past and ensure staff feel safe at work.

He says bullying, intimidation and harassment won’t be tolerated at the hospitals, adding that the ACAS report makes uncomfortable reading.

Earlier this year the Care Quality Commission asked the Trust to investigate after being told that some staff felt they were being bullied.

Workers claimed there were cliques with some groups given preferential treatment. Some staff members said they were too scared to complain about the behaviour, which included having palms held up in front of their faces to stop them speaking.

The Trust says it will address the issues by working with trade unions including Unison.

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Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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