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BULLYING in the health system should be exposed and investigated by a Board of Inquiry, says Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne, who will call on the ACT government to urgently root out bullying in ACT Health.Ms Dunne says appointees and terms of reference for the board should be determined in consultation with the Opposition and the Crossbench and should have similar functions to a Royal Commission.
“The harrowing allegations of bullying and intimidation in the health system have largely been ignored,” she says.
“This form of abuse in the workplace has to be exposed, investigated and rooted out.
“The hostile culture is claimed to be causing debilitating mental health problems among current and former doctors, nurses and hospital staff.
“I have no doubt that the flow-down effect of bullying could compromise the level of care given to patients.”
And, she says, bullying is immensely damaging to the individual and the broader community.
“Often, the psychological damage attributed to bullying is irreversible,” Ms Dunne says.
“Victims of bullying are known to have committed or attempted to commit suicide, or engaged in self-harm.
“It is imperative that the Greens and Labor lend their support for a board of inquiry so we can root out bullying in Canberra’s hospitals.”