The NHS is Britain’s greatest treasure. Yet it still harbours a culture of hierarchy where bullying, harassment and appalling training environments go unchallenged. We believe that bullying, and discouraging victims from speaking up, goes hand in hand with a blame culture.
Often doctors are shamed into silence, and don’t realise other doctors are struggling just as much as they are. Morale is at an all time low in the NHS, with rates of burnout and sadly, even physician suicide on the rise. DAUK are teaming up with our Royal Colleges as part of a wider NHS anti-bullying alliance and are encouraging doctors to speak out.
After #NHSMeToo went viral, DAUK launched a subsequent campaign lobbying for a Compassionate Culture. After enabling doctors to speak up about instances of bullying and mistreatment, we are now asking doctors to share their positive experiences, where they have been treated with compassion.
Through our campaign we hope to share and disseminate examples of exemplary practice to encourage a change in culture and a move towards a kinder NHS which treats staff with compassion.
OUR CAMPAIGN FOR A MORE COMPASSIONATE NHS
Compassionate Culture in the news
Yesterday DAUK welcomed an important announcement from the GMC on fees during maternity and shared parental leave. The announcement came about as a result of lobbying by Dr Elizabeth Toberty a GP on DAUK’s GP advisory committee and will mean many more doctors will rightly qualify for reduced fees.
DAUK in the Evening Standard: NHS staff advocacy groups call for government u-turn on scrapping free hospital parking
DAUK expresses anger over Government u-turn on free parking for NHS staff stating that ‘such actions demonstrate a casual amnesia by the Government to the commitment and sacrifice of NHS staff’.
DAUK on LBC radio: our whistleblowing survey revealing an unacceptable level of bullying and harrassment
DAUK’s Dr Jenny Vaughan on LBC radio speaking to James O’Brien about the results of our whistleblowing questionnaire with Whistleblowers UK, revealing a worrying level of bullying around PPE.