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Readers’ panel: Does a toxic ‘put up and shut up’ culture still pervade the NHS?

After an inquest into the death of mental health nurse Rhian Collins heard that she had been bullied before taking her own life, RCN mental health forum chair Ed Freshwater told Nursing Standard that bullying is not taken seriously enough in the NHS, and that nurses who won’t ‘put up and shut up’ are often branded troublemakers. Nursing Standard readers have their say

After an inquest into the death of mental health nurse Rhian Collins heard that she had been bullied before taking her own life, RCN mental health forum chair Ed Freshwater told Nursing Standard that bullying is not taken seriously enough in the NHS, and that nurses who won’t ‘put up and shut up’ are often branded troublemakers. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London

Sadly, yes. It’s a self-sustaining culture, which I am just as guilty of by not reporting my own experiences of being bullied. Making a complaint is stressful, especially when it’s your word against the bully’s and that person is more senior than you. A simple cost-benefit rationale is enough for most people to decide that the cost of making the complaint outweighs the benefits, so a

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