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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Bullying

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken in response to the allegation of bullying and harassment by NHS East Midlands staff in respect of senior management at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust. (295397)

Following public allegations of bullying and harassment against the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA), David Nicholson, national health service chief executive asked an extremely experienced and senior former manager from the NHS to undertake an independent review of these allegations. On 28 October 2009, the Department released the review’s findings and David Nicholson’s response. They are available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Managingyourorganisation/Equalityandhumanrights/Bullyingandharassment/index.htm

Copies of both documents have been placed in the Library.

The independent review found no evidence in the allegations of bullying or harassment of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust by the East Midlands SHA. The NHS Constitution has set out the right for staff to have healthy and safe working conditions, one which has no place for bullying, harassment or discrimination. The NHS has taken strong steps to eliminate bullying and harassment in the workplace and all NHS employers are expected to have policies and procedures in place to tackle this.