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NHS: Bullying and Harassment

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 138415, tabled on 15 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS staff have experienced bullying and harassment in the workplace in each year from 2010 to 2020.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

22 January 2021

The following table shows the percentage of National Health Service provider trust staff, who responded to the NHS Staff Survey, who reported experiencing at least one incident of harassment, bullying or abuse in the previous 12 months. Prior to 2015 the format of questions posed in the survey changed and as such a longer timeseries is not possible.

Year% of NHS staff who have experienced at least one incident of harassment, bullying or abuse at work from patients / service users, their relatives or other members of the public in the last 12 months% of NHS staff who have experienced at least one incident of harassment, bullying or abuse at work from managers in the last 12 months% of NHS staff who have experienced at least one incident of harassment, bullying or abuse at work from other colleagues in the last 12 months
201528.813.518.1
201628.112.917.8
201728.312.818.0
201828.513.219.1
201928.512.319.0

Source: Weighted NHS Staff Survey Results for NHS trusts in England- February 2020 NHS England

The annual NHS Staff survey asks NHS staff in England about their experiences of working for their respective NHS organisations. For the 2019 survey, over 1.1 million NHS employees in England were invited to participate in the survey between September and December 2019 and there was a 48% response rate.

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