‘More needs done to beat NHS bullies’

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THE Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said that more support is needed for whistleblowers in the health service.

The call comes about a year after a “bullying culture” was uncovered in parts of NHS Lothian and follows a survey from the RCN, which found six out of ten nurses said there was not enough support for those raising concerns.

Just 30 per cent of nurses surveyed said their workplace has a good culture, where staff were listened to and concerns acted upon.

RCN Scotland director Theresa Fyffe said: “Nurses have a responsibility to raise concerns if they see examples of poor care, and all health boards have whistleblowing policies in place, but this survey shows that the majority think they will not be listened to.”

The Scottish Government recently launched the National Confidential Alert line for staff.

But Tory health spokesman Jackson Carlaw said it should have been introduced earlier.

He said: “The SNP has to recognise it waited too long before acting and now has a huge mountain to climb.”