NHS Lothian backs anti-bullying initiative

Trainee doctors in Edinburgh have signed up in support of an international campaign to end bullying among healthcare staff.
Foundation Year doctors completing their training with NHS Lothian have pledged support for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s #LetsRemoveIt campaign, which seeks to improve patient safety by encouraging medical staff to treat one another with respect.
Tracey Gillies, NHS Lothian’s Medical Director, said: “Treating people with dignity and respect is very important and we are proud to support the Royal College’s campaign.
“Bullying and undermining behaviour has a huge impact on people and in some cases can affect patient safety. We encourage our staff to consider and recognise their actions and those of people around them so that we can eliminate bullying, undermining and harassment from our hospitals.”
According to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), bullying and undermining behaviour is well documented in healthcare, especially in surgical environments.
The #LetsRemoveIt campaign encourages healthcare professionals across the world to speak up, to ensure victims of bullying have the support they need and to encourage people to reflect on their own behaviour.
Visit the RCSEd’s online hub which is full of factual and legal information, links to literature, case studies, e-learning tools, support for people who are being bullied, and self-reflection strategies.