Leaders: ‘They should be listening to moans of staff’

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All efforts to address what was described as a culture of bullying at NHS Lothian are of course welcome.

It has been a major issue for the health board and one which the chief executive is determined to address.

But when it comes to the new “values” which have been produced for staff . . . well, we have to question their value.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a code of practice for staff – indeed, it should be encouraged.

The vast majority of NHS Lothian’s dedicated workforce may raise an eyebrow at being told to be compassionate – it is really a prerequisite for the job – but they are unlikely to mind.

What is more likely to raise their ire is the ridiculous instruction not to moan.

Staff on the front line may well gripe about this and with good reason. The bullying probe which sparked all this work was after all nothing to do with them.

As they are forced to work long hours for never-enough pay in increasingly difficult conditions, no-one would begrudge them a 
grumble.

The problems existed in management and it is for the management to put right. Maybe spending more time listening to the moans of staff would be a start.

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