Waikato District Health Board Refuses of Staff Being Bullied

Waikato District Health Board Refuses of Staff Being BulliedThe Waikato District Health Board has denied the reports of its staff being bullied or harassed. Over 1500 workers revealed in a survey conducted last year that they had been bullied.

The Nurses Organisation said the situation is much worse with more than 2,500 nurses at Waikato Hospital having complained of being bullied.

The news came out at a health Waikato Advisory Committee meeting. Waikato Times has been contacted by the hospital staff to complain of bullying.

The union's education officer Selina Robinson said that most of the workers feel overworked and under extreme pressure at work. Ms. Robinson said that the workers feel scared to speak out.

DHB chief executive Craig Climon said on Friday said that they have introduced training and education programmes to benefit everyone.

"A culture of blame - if it does exist - is counter-productive, from my point of view. We need everybody to be active around quality improvement. If people are going to be blamed for every mistake they make, issues will go subterranean", Mr. Climon added.

Health officials have been told that bullying at Waikato's hospitals could be much worse than the reports, demanding actions and investigation.

One former staff member said she suffered to the extent that she struggled to drive past the hospital even several months after quitting.