NHS Highland has confirmed that it expects to pay £3.4 million in settlements to former and current employees as a result of bullying.
Reacting to this news, Edward Mountain MSP commented:
“The expected sum of £3.4 million highlights just how big a problem bullying was and still is within NHS Highland.
“I do welcome that more and more victims of bullying at NHS Highland are receiving the compensation payments they are owed and deserve.
“The Healing Process is playing a vital role and it is important that every case lodged as part of this process is addressed swiftly.
“I am still concerned though that bullying remains a persistent problem within the health board.
“As we continue to await the SNP Health Secretary to organise a debate on the bullying of staff within NHS Highland, be in no doubt that I will continue to press the Scottish Government and NHS Highland to take measures which will protect the wellbeing of our NHS staff .”