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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12980: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Lothian regarding bullying in the workplace.

Answered by: Shona Robison 8 December 2017

The Scottish Government continues to make it clear to all Health Boards, including NHS Lothian, that there should be a zero tolerance approach and that everything must be done to eradicate bullying and harassment in the workplace, and, where concerns are raised, that they must be fully investigated.

We recently asked Health Boards to remind staff of the policies and support available for anyone in our NHS who has any concerns about bullying in the workplace.

The national Dignity at Work Survey ran from 6-11 December 2017 providing staff with an opportunity to share their views on organisational culture. The results will provide an insight on bullying and harassment issues both nationally and locally and will allow the Scottish Government and Health Boards to further consider any actions that need to be taken.