One in five NHS workers said they have been bullied by colleagues and almost half reported they have witnessed bullying in the last six months, according to a new survey.
Managers were the worst offenders, with increasing workloads and the workplace culture contributory factors, the study published in the online journal BMJ Open said. The study found:
- Almost 20% of respondents had been bullied by colleagues within the past six months, ranging from rarely to daily
- 43% had witnessed other staff being bullied occasionally in the past six months, with 5% witnessing it weekly or daily
- Only 2.7%-14% of staff reported bullying to someone in authority
Almost 3,000 NHS staff who work in a range of roles at seven trusts across the North East of England answered a questionnaire for the study by Professor Jan Illing of Durham University.