GMB challenge SECAmb over claims they have dealt with historic bullying
GMB has said that the heads of managers involved in bullying at Coxheath Emergency Operations Centre must roll.
The GMB was responding to South East Coast Ambulance Service statement saying that alleged bullying of staff was unsubstantiated and historic allegations have been dealt with.
GMB has responded by saying that the heads of managers must roll.
The initial investigation into events at Coxheath Emergency Operations Centre resulted in some staff considering suicide says GMB.
GMB, the Union for Ambulance staff, challenge the South East Coast Ambulance Trust statement that the bullying of staff related to unsubstantiated and historic allegations have been dealt with and the heads of managers responsible must roll.
GMB call for an independent Government led inquiry into South East Coast Ambulance Trusts bullying allegations.
Gary Palmer GMB regional organiser said:
The initial investigation into events at Coxheath Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), which clearly highlights a terrible series of events around management bullies and their treatment of staff, resulted in some staff considering suicide. To have that compounded by their employer then not seeking to protect them and punish those named in the report as being directly involved or complicit supporting it, is nothing short of disgraceful.
Claims by the Ambulance trust that they have dealt with those involved are part of the overall problem. GMB have real concerns that the Trust commissioned report could be a further extension of that cover up and an attempt to expose concerned whistleblowers.
GMB are concerned that SECAmb investigation into staff harassment and bullying at Coxheath Emergency Operations Centre is more about uncovering whistleblowers than exposing bullies.
GMB Union are seeking assurances on behalf of concerned staff that the investigation commissioned by the Trust is not simply a way of dissipating recent events at the EOC or an excuse to uncover those whistleblowers who have sought to expose some of the awful bullying and harassment as detailed in the recent Telegraph expose.
We believe that the Trust commissioned EOC investigation is already clear in that the bullying at Coxheath EOC not only happened, but was both vicious, constant and intended, and that those responsible were rightly identified.
What is not clear is why the Trust, instead of bringing those to blame to account, choose not to act and then cover up failure to act.
This why GMB continue to call for both a Government initiated independent inquiry as the only way the Trust can really look to convince staff that they actual mean what they say about workplace bullying being unacceptable.”
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