Conditions at crisis-hit NHS Highland were so severe some victims “suffered significant and serious harm and trauma”. An independent probe warned the “serious consequences” included depression, alcoholism, drug abuse and suicidal thoughts. The review by John Sturrock QC also said that senior Scottish Government officials were aware of the “dysfunctional” situation for a “considerable period of time” before taking action. Mr Sturrock found a “significant majority” of those quizzed are experiencing, or have done in the past, fear, intimidation and inappropriate behaviour at work. It also said many people feel unable to speak out about the issue and believe there is no safe mechanism for them to do so. Health Secretary Jeane Freeman yesterday apologised to workers. She ordered the probe in November amid accusations of a “systemic culture of bullying” at the board, which is facing a £20million deficit this year. A group of doctors blew the whistle on bullying and intimidation, claiming it had gone on for at least a decade. Mr Sturrock’s review was contacted by 340 people from most departments at NHS Highland, with 282 taking part in face-to-face meetings or in written submissions. Two-thirds of respondents wanted to report experiences of bullying, with the review concluding… Read full this story
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