Ac­tion taken to tackle prob­lem

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

SE­CAmb has as­sured staff ac­tion is be­ing taken af­ter the re­port.

A spokesman for the trust said: “Pub­lish­ing the re­port in full is the first step in the trust tack­ling its find­ings.

“The trust wants to make it very clear be­hav­iours iden­ti­fied in the re­port are un­ac­cept­able and HR ac­tion is be­ing taken against in­di­vid­u­als where nec­es­sary.”

SE­CAmb will be hold­ing a num­ber of fo­cus groups in the com­ing weeks to ad­dress the is­sues fur­ther.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Daren Mochrie said: “I am truly dis­ap­pointed and up­set that so many of our staff have ex­pe­ri­enced bul­ly­ing and dis­re­spect­ful be­hav­iour in the work­place.

“In the time since my ap­point­ment in April, it has been very clear to me that SE­CAmb is full of ex­tremely ded­i­cated and pro­fes­sional peo­ple.

“How­ever, I was also aware that the trust is fac­ing a num­ber of chal­lenges and ar­eas where vi­tal im­prove­ments need to be made.

“One such area was high lev­els of bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment ev­i­denced by our staff sur­vey and from last year’s CQC in­spec­tion. We chose to com­mis­sion this in­de­pen­dent re­port to help us ad­dress this wor­ry­ing issue.

The be­hav­iours it de­scribes are com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and will not be tol­er­ated.”

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