One in five NHS Scotland staff are violence victims

Nearly one in five NHS Scotland staff have personally experienced a violent or aggressive incident, according to the NHS Scotland Staff Opinion Survey 2008.

Photograph: JH Lancy
Photograph: JH Lancy

Of these, 24% did not report because they thought nothing would happen.

Norman Provan, RCN Scotland’s associate director for employment relations, said: ‘Nurses are trained to deal with stressful situations as part of their working day, but it is also unacceptable that many are placed under further pressure because of intimidation from their managers or colleagues.

‘There has been little improvement in the number of staff being bullied or harassed within NHS Scotland since 2006.

‘Even more worrying is the fact that 24% of staff did not report such incidents because they thought nothing would happen as a result.

‘Violence and bullying and harassment should not be tolerated under any circumstances. It’s not just about dealing with the problem after it’s happened. Health boards and managers need to be more proactive, listen to their staff and change the workplace culture.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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