Commenting on the Sturrock report published today (9 May), Norman Provan, RCN Scotland Associate Director, said:
“The Sturrock report shows NHS Highland has a difficult problem to resolve to regain the trust of the workforce. It’s for the new Chief Executive to oversee a significant and far-reaching change in culture at the health board. It’s also a ‘wake-up call’ for NHS Highland Board to be seen to take seriously issues raised by staff about bullying and harassment.
“The RCN acknowledges that there is learning for all parties from this report and we will be reviewing the report in detail to consider what improvements we can and should make in representing our members.
“No-one at work should feel they are bullied – it’s unacceptable behaviour that can have a devastating impact on individuals and must not be tolerated under any circumstances. Health boards and managers need to be more proactive, listen to their staff and change the workplace culture for the benefit of staff and patients.”