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S5W-21395: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the BMA Scotland poll, which recorded that 38% of its members believed that bullying was a problem in their workplace.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 28 February 2019

I will be meeting the BMA soon to discuss the results of this poll and other matters.

The Scottish Government is clear that that bullying and harassment in our NHS is unacceptable under any circumstances. We continue to work with our partners to create a culture where all staff feel confident they can speak up about any dignity at work issues they may have.

We have asked Boards about the mechanisms they have in place to support the reporting of bullying, to see how we can best support them if they need to strengthen their current arrangements. We are also carrying out a ‘Once for Scotland’ review of all our workforce policies, including bullying and harassment. The aim is to create a more consistent approach with simplified, improvement focused policies, which are person-centred and supportive to all those involved.