A trade union says that a report into bullying at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 'makes for very sad reading' but is concerned there could be many more who were too scared to speak out.
The head of a health trust has promised to drive out bullying in hospitals.
The new Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says reports of bullying will be acted upon. It follows findings in a national NHS Staff Survery and a report from the Care Quality Commission in February.
The Trust has worked with independent advisory service ACAS (Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service) to review the extent of bullying in the organisation and surveyed over 400 staff internally.
The ACAS survey found;
- Staff were shouted or sworn at – often in front of other staff (and/or patients).
- Others reported having small items such as pens thrown at them or other staff holding up a hand towards them or even putting it in their face to stop them speaking. Some said they had been given derogatory names and called things such as incompetent, under performing, useless, thick, dopey, paranoid and ridiculous.
- There was a very strong feeling that one of the biggest issues is that “cliques” exist throughout the Trust, resulting in “in groups and out groups” within teams – with in group members being given preferential treatment and out group members being victimised.
The Trust will now work with trade unions to address the issues highlighted. An anti-bullying group is being set up, chaired by Chief Executive Chris Long.
Work on the exterior of the Hull Royal Infirmary tower block is coming to a close this week.
The multi-million million pound project will not only improve the building's appearance but also the structural safety and its energy efficiency.
A woman from Hull says she is considering legal action against Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and Yorkshire Ambulance Service after the death of her husband.
Fifty year old Mally Wilkinson died two months ago - twenty four hours after being admitted to hospital. He was diagnosed with a migraine. His widow Pam claims there was a catalogue of errors and neglect. She says she still doesn't know how he died, making it impossible to grieve.
Work to install new security measures and improve signage in the car park of East Yorkshire’s busiest hospital has started.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has begun installing new CCTV cameras at its Argyle Street car park, opposite Hull Royal Infirmary, along with a number of entry and exit barriers.
The new security measures will complement a new, fairer ‘pay on foot’ charging system which is also being introduced, and both are expected to be operational by early December.
Once installed, new pay stations will require visitors to pay for their parking when they exit the car park, meaning those using the facility will pay according to the time they have used.
A police investigation into the discovery of former paratrooper Christopher Alder's body in a mortuary in Hull and the later exhumation of Grace Kamara from his grave has concluded that there will be no proscutions over the mix-up.
The South Yorkshire Police investigation team presented a detailed and extensive investigation report to the Crown Prosecution Service to seek formal advice relating to a number of mortuary staff to establish if they had committed criminal offences relative to the circumstances of the case.
After careful consideration of all the circumstances and the evidence available, the Crown Prosecution Service have concluded that there is no realistic prospect of a conviction for either misconduct in a public office, or the prevention of the lawful burial of a body.
Mr Alder died while in custody at Hull's Queens Gardens Police Station. His body was discovered at the morgue at Hull Royal Infirmary in 2011 - more than a decade after his family thought they had buried him.
Hull Royal Infirmary is giving people a look behind the scenes today. It's offering tours around the hospital to show how staff are improving patient care.
There are claims that a nine year old girl was sent home from hospital and told to walk off an injury - when in fact she'd broken her leg.
Lucy Holmes wasn't even given an x ray first time around at Hull Royal Infirmary with doctors apparently dismissing her pain as bruising. A full investigation is now underway.
Lucy's parents Lee and Helen Holmes say they felt guilty after they took a doctor's word for it that their daughter had just suffered bruising.
In reality the nine-year-old had a broken leg - but doctors at Hull Royal Infirmary missed it.
An investigation is underway at Hull Royal Infirmary, where Lucy Holmes was told she had bruised her leg after falling. It was badly broken.