It is a sad fact that bullying and harassment are rife in the NHS, and consultants are not immune. I have seen colleagues bullied until they resigned, unable to obtain justice because of the sheer weight of legal expertise pitted against them. Often justice in the UK still goes to him with the deepest pocket.
I have commented before on individual cases and how those who bear ultimate responsibility are the chief executive of the trust, but also the medical director. The medical director is someone to whom the victims should be able to turn but are often deeply implicated in the bullying themselves.
One of the vilest examples of this is what has happened in Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust. Reading this story it is hard to imagine a person less suited to the post of medical director than the incumbent. I can’t say if he is the most malicious, vindictive or mendacious medical director in Britain, after all there is some pretty stiff competition out there, but he is definitely on the shortlist.
Dr David Dawson, described by the industrial tribunal as a “self acknowledged liar”. A man who suspended a colleague, presumably on the urgings of his mates, without even knowing what offence she was alleged to have committed. He is no longer listed on the trust’s web site as medical director. One can only hope that the GMC look into his conduct and make a suitable example of him.
The Chief executive however is still in post and this is she.
Julia Squire is another example of how, in the NHS, failure is consistently rewarded. It remains to be seen whether or not the Trust Board, or the Senior Staff Committee have the integrity to remove her.