GMB Scotland Media Statement: Sturrock Review into NHS Highland Bullying
For immediate distribution: Thursday 9 May 2019
Responding to the publication of John Sturrock QC’s report to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, 'Cultural Issues related to allegations of Bullying and Harassment in NHS Highland' , GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Drew Duffy said:
“For years we were told that there was no culture of bullying in NHS Highland. Today puts that lie to bed once and for all.
“A deep and destructive culture of fear and intimidation was allowed to prevail for too long, ruining livelihoods and lives.
“We want to offer our deep gratitude to our colleagues both past and present who stood up and spoke out, and said, ‘enough’.
“Without their bravery and testimony, the deep rooted problems would have persisted and change would not be possible – but change is now possible.
“The recommendations of the review represent the starting point in the fight to eradicate bullying and harassment in NHS Highland and across NHS Scotland, wherever it may exist.
“We look forward to playing a full and constructive part in this process, continuing to speak the truth to power and giving NHS staff a banner under which they can organise with confidence.”
Contact: GMB NHS Highland Branch Secretary Gavin Smith on 07741 293976 or Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077.
Notes to Editors:
Copies of John Sturrock QC’s Report, ‘Cultural Issues related to allegations of Bullying and Harassment in NHS Highland’, can be accessed at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/report-cultural-issues-related-allegations-bullying-harassment-nhs-highland/