Scotland: First meeting held to tackle NHS bullying and harassment

04 October 2019

Measures to tackle bullying in the NHS in Scotland have been discussed at the first meeting of a new advisory body.

The Ministerial Short-Life Working Group (MSLWG), which brings together NHS boards, staff and trades unions, royal colleges and professional and regulatory bodies to promote positive behaviour in the NHS in Scotland 
was created in response to the findings of John Sturrock QC’s report into allegations of bullying and harassment in NHS Highland.

The MSLWG will look at what more can be done to support open and honest workplace cultures, and improve behaviours among leaders at all levels of the health service.

The group chair, health secretary Jeane Freeman, called it a ‘positive and productive’ first meeting.

Other measures following Sturrock’s report include whistleblowing champions recruited to every health board by the end of 2019.

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