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Surgeons ‘bully’ theatre nurses

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NURSES working in operating theatres are regularly subjected to aggressive behaviour from surgeons, London researchers have found.

A survey of 227 nurses from 37 theatres in England, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, reveals that almost 60% had experienced bullying, shouting or rudeness from a surgeon in the previous six months.

More than 70% of the nurses surveyed also reported frequent disagreements between surgeons and theatre nurses, most commonly about operating list management.

‘The scale of conflict reported is a cause for concern because it appears sufficient to disrupt the smooth work of the operating department and explodes the myth that theatre work represents the ultimate in well-coordinated teamwork,’ the authors said.

The UK is lagging behind other European countries in its progress in treating stroke, according to a Health Foundation report. In Germany there was a 33% reduction in stroke mortality between 1997 and 2004, compared with a 16% reduction in the UK, the report says.

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