Responding to new professional standards on what constitutes sexual harassment as part of the GMC's 'Good Medical Practice' guide, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“Sexual misconduct has absolutely no place in any environment, whether that be in the workplace or in wider society, and its incumbent on all to take action to eliminate it, including employers and trade unions. NHS leaders welcome and support the GMC’s move to clearly define sexual harassment and set out its expectations on how staff should act.
“While most staff behave with the utmost integrity and professionalism towards other colleagues and patients, there are instances where we know this has not been the case. Occasionally and unfortunately patients might also abuse staff. When any of this happens its essential that staff, as well as patients, feel safe and confident to speak up and take action. This update to the GMC’s Good Medical Practice further empowers staff to do just that.”