Bullying of BME staff on rise at Weston General Hospital

Following on from the news that the A&E department at Weston General Hospital was rated inadequate, it has come to light that staff are being bullied.

Results from a workplace survey conducted for the staff of the hospital have shown that cases of bullying of black and minority staff has increased by 15% over the last year. Conversely, the number of white staff reporting bullying over the same period has reduced by 10%. These figures relate solely to reported incidents of bullying of staff by patients, relatives or the public.

The report cites that workplace bullying has decreased although it remains at an unacceptably high level.

Alex Nestor, Human resources director told December’s Weston Area Health NHS Trust board meeting: “Bullying is an area of concern. We’ve increased reporting. We’re pushing staff to report any incidents. We take it very seriously.”

At the time of the survey, staff from a BME background made up 18% of the staff at the hospital, up from 11.4% the previous year.

Rosalind Wyke, a non-executive director of the trust has cited the fact that the hospital has a higher percentage of staff from a BME background than that of the population it serves. This may mean that patients are not used to meeting people from these backgrounds every day, and so their attitudes and responses are not as expected or as the hospital would like.

Naturally, where patients and staff do not feel comfortable, errors may occur and, in some cases, this may result in patients not being treated correctly.

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