NHS staff caring for dying Covid-19 patients 'bullied' at Nottingham hospital

Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham Credit: PA Images

Health workers caring for dying Coronavirus patients at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham have been subjected to ‘bullying,’ a union is claiming. 

UNISON says staff looking after end-of-life patients at the hospital's only COVID-19 ward dealt with “systematic bullying, harassment and discrimination.”

It says it has now raised a “collective grievance” on behalf of 36 employees.

  • UNISON representative Dave Ratchford describes some of the claims of mistreatment allegedly suffered by staff at QMC

One of the staff members, who did not want to be identified, said they were sent in with inadequate training and support: 

Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham Credit: PA Images

Others claim to have been “shouted at openly in the ward in front of others.”

And there have also been allegations that staff were denied access to personal protective equipment, as it was “kept locked in an office.”

Another one of the claimants says the alleged bullying was “started by the managers” after concerns were raised:

In a statement, the Trust said,