Revelation of staff concerns shows NHS at breaking point, says Baillie

Staff worries and reports of bullying show that the NHS is reaching crisis point, MSP Jackie Baillie has warned.

Figures revealed under the Freedom of Information Act show that in the past year there have been over 2,500 instances of health workers raising concerns and 150 cases of bullying reported.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde logged the highest number of complaints in Scotland, with 676 cases reported by members of staff and 13 incidents of bullying.

But NHS Highland was not far behind, with 428 complaints and 12 cases of bullying.

Jackie, the MSP for the Dumbarton constituency, said the Scottish Government was failing to tackle the pressures faced by staff and patients in the NHS.

“It is particularly worrying that nearly half of the total number of cases in Scotland have been logged in the two health boards which serve patients in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh and Lomond,” she said.

“We have to look at the underlying reasons behind these complaints and address them the root causes as quick fixes won’t work.

“All too often, regardless of the workplace, staff feel silenced through the fear that their problem won’t be resolved.

“We have to ensure that the right structures are in place for those who feel bullied to come forward with any concerns they face.”