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Bullying is worst from NHS managers, say nurses

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Nurses are most affected by bullying and harassment that is perpetrated by their managers, NHS research has suggested.

Researchers from the National Institute for Health Research analysed results from the NHS national staff survey for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Staff at both trusts who had been bullied by managers reported a significantly higher intention to leave than staff bullied by colleagues alone.

Mike Griffin, human resources director at King’s, said: ‘Bullying and harassment can include setting unachievable work targets to direct verbal abuse.

‘The number of staff reporting bullying and harassment in London teaching hospitals is above average for acute trusts, and we want to significantly reduce this level.’

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