The survey also showed only between 2.7% and 14% of staff reported bullying to someone in authority, with a disbelief it would help and a fear of being branded a trouble-maker among the reasons for not coming forward.Prof Illing said previous research had shown that bullying was more common in hierarchical organisations like the NHS.
Leave aside for a minute the fact that there seem to be so many NHS employees with deep-seated personal problems; the fact that so few victims come forward is a sign of a serious institutional problem. It makes us wonder what further scandals are being suppressed because potential whistle-blowers are afraid of coming forward. And it’s yet another reason we remain extremely skeptical of efforts to centralize control of the US healthcare system at the federal level.[Glove image courtesy of Shutterstock]