Editorial – 27 Feb 2019

An NHS staff member was threatened with legal action after reporting that he felt suicidal due to bullying resulting in his dismissal.

Mr Flemming initially contacted the HR Director Ruth McAll’s assistant as well as the Assistant Director of Operations Support alleging corporate bullying at East of England Ambulance Services Trust.  Ms McAll acknowledged his mental health problems, but stated that his letter was “not acceptable”.  She also told him to direct all further correspondence to her only and said that any further letters would be referred to solicitors.

Mr Flemming covertly recorded a private conversation between senior managers at the Trust overseeing his internal disciplinary hearing during an adjournment.  During the recording, the Deputy Director of Operations suggested that “getting up and pummeling it into him with my fists is probably not appropriate in terms of policy, is it?

Norwich Employment Tribunal has ruled that the employee’s claim was “well founded” as well as his accompanying allegations of discrimination arising from disability.  The remedy hearing originally scheduled for 04.02.2019 but has not yet taken place.

Mental health is at the forefront this week more so than ever.  Which begs the question, if you can’t rely on the NHS to help you as your employer, who can you turn to?

No matter what the circumstances are, the ethos during any such procedures pertaining to mental health should be to remain helpful and professional at all times, most particularly within the NHS.

Words fail me…

Lin Mason

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