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'Bullying' in the NHS

20th March 2013

The former chief of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has told MPs that the health service had a culture of "sheer bullying".

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Gary Walker, who used to manage a hospital which is the subject of an investigation into high death rates, said he was forced to leave his post because of an argument over waiting lists. He said he was "threatened" by East Midlands Health Authority when he highlighted capacity issues. The health service said Mr Walker was sacked because he swore in a meeting. Mr Walker told MPs: "If you upset the SHA [Strategic Health Authority], particularly the one I was working for, there would be repercussions for you. You work in that environment as best you can." 

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Article Information

Title: 'Bullying' in the NHS
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 23932
Date Added: 20th Mar 2013

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