Responding to a Medscape study showing 21 per cent of UK doctors have witnessed or experienced sexual harassment at work in the last three years, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “These findings are highly concerning. NHS staff work incredibly hard under extreme pressure and they deserve every protection from any form of harassment at work. Sexual harassment in any workplace can never be acceptable and all NHS organisations will have clear policies in place to deal with reports of harassment or bullying.
“Of course, it is not always easy for staff to raise concerns when this kind of misconduct arises. Many organisations therefore have specially trained staff in place to help give colleagues the courage to speak up. Freedom to speak up guardians, Guardians of Safe Working, as well as chaplaincy, trade union and HR staff also offer support.”