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One GP in six sees bullying

By Amy Fallon

One GP in six has witnessed incidents of bullying by another GP in their practice, according to Pulse's State of the Profession Survey.

Our poll of 576 GPs found 16% had witnessed a GP being harassed by a colleague, while 18% said they knew of GPs who had been bullied by NHS managers.

Some 15% of GPs reported seeing a GP bullying practice staff, while 17% said they had seen bullying of a member of practice staff by another staff member at the practice.

GP leaders have previously urged GP victims of bullying by PCOs and NHS managers to report any incidents. Londonwide LMCs launched a confidential inquiry into GP bullying in 2009 to identify bullying trusts and help practices under pressure from PCTs to tackle the problem.

Dr Michelle Drage, chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, said: ‘Bullying is unacceptable in any workplace, but especially in ours and especially by colleagues and NHS management.

‘Bullying comes in all shapes and sizes – it's often not direct aggression. But any sort of bullying is totally unacceptable.'

Dr Michelle Drage

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