In­quiry call into claims of bul­ly­ing by bosses

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Doc­tors in the High­lands are call­ing for a pub­lic in­quiry into bul­ly­ing claims against health chiefs.

A string of clin­i­cians who work for NHS High­land have claimed there is a bul­ly­ing culture at the health board and have now called for a pub­lic in­quiry into the claims, along the lines of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Mid Stafford­shire hospi­tal scan­dal.

NHS High­land said it “does not tol­er­ate bul­ly­ing” and had so far been un­able to se­cure a meet­ing with the doc­tors mak­ing the claims.

Mean­while, the Royal Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers (RCGP) Scot­land has called for more to be done to tackle health in­equal­i­ties.

Dr Carey Lu­nan, chair of RCGP Scot­land said: “It is right that Scot­tish Govern­ment is try­ing to deal with the root causes of in­equal­ity across Scot­land.

“In­equal­i­ties ex­ist in in­come, em­ploy­ment, wealth and power. Health in­equal­i­ties, how­ever, can­not be set aside while those ef­forts con­tinue.

“We have sought to deal with root causes for some time now and lit­tle has pos­i­tively changed in health ex­pectancy for those liv­ing in de­pri­va­tion in both ur­ban and re­mote and ru­ral ar­eas.

“We must deal with the whole pic­ture and we also need to en­sure de­liv­ery of health care is based on need, not sim­ple de­mand.

Claims: NHS High­land

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