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Welsh guide to stop bullies

GPC Wales has launched guidance designed to end bullying and harassment of GPs by NHS managers.

The guidance comes after a recent survey found one in four NHS staff in Wales had experienced bullying.

Dr Andrew Dearden, GPC Wales chair, said GPs were just as liable to suffer bullying as any other profession.

He said: 'Bullying and harassment is not just confined to individuals; more worrying, there is growing evidence that GPs and practices are regularly bullied by NHS bodies like local health boards.

'An increasingly competitive NHS, under increasing scrutiny from Government and the public to improve transparency, is having an adverse impact on the lives of GPs; this must not be allowed to continue.'

The guidance advises practices to develop a policy for dealing with bullying and harassment. Practices must also keep records of all incidents, including threats made, person who made them, date and time of meeting and who was present.

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