Mail on Line 24 February 2016
- Doctors and nurses still being bullied by managers if they raise concerns
- Over a quarter say their hospital not doing enough to learn from mistakes
- Ministers have repeatedly promised to change culture of secrecy in NHS
Doctors and nurses are still being bullied and harassed by managers if they dare to raise concerns, the NHS‘s own survey of its staff reveals.
More than a quarter say their hospital is not doing enough to learn from previous serious mistakes or near misses.
And one in five said they had been bullied by a manager or colleague in the previous 12 months – some because they raised concerns about safety.
Doctors and nurses are still being bullied and harassed by managers if they dare to raise concerns, the NHS’s own survey of its staff reveals
Ministers have repeatedly promised to overhaul the culture of secrecy in the NHS to make it easier for whistleblowers to speak up.
Last year a major review commissioned in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal called for better training for all staff and ‘safety’ guardians to be installed in every hospital.
But the NHS’s latest annual survey of 299,000 frontline and back office employees suggests these pledges have had little effect.
A total of 11 per cent said they would not feel ‘secure’ raising concerns about unsafe care, and another 11 per cent said they weren’t encouraged to report mistakes.
A further 11 per cent said care of patients was not the hospital’s top priority, raising concerns that managers are more obsessed with meeting targets and cutting costs.
Gary Walker, who was sacked as chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust after raising concerns that patients were dying, said: ‘Nothing practical has been done to make if safe for staff to raise concerns without fear of reprisal.
‘Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt promised to re-employ sacked whistleblowers and not one has been.
‘This culture is unsafe for staff and patients and it’s time Jeremy Hunt kept his promises.’
But Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, claimed the health service was gradually becoming a ‘more supportive employer’.
A further 11 per cent said care of patients was not the hospital’s top priority, raising concerns that managers are more obsessed with meeting targets and cutting costs