Hospital staff ‘called each other names'

Hospital staff ‘called each other names'

Hospital staff ‘called each other names'

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STAFF on a Southend private hospital children’s ward often used crude and offensive language to each other, a professional misconduct hearing has accepted.

Female staff at Spire Wellesley Hospital in Eastern Avenue, were commonly referred to as “slags”, a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel was told.

The claims were made during a hearing into the conduct of paediatric nurse Michael Boland, 40, of Hall Road, Rochford.

Mr Boland was accused of pestering a colleague, referred only as “Ms A”, for sex between March and May 2012.

He was said to have touched her bottom, and called her “a slag”, “a slut” or “a whore” on more than one occasion.

The central London hearing cleared Mr Boland of all but one of the charges. He admitted calling Ms A “a slag” in a conversation with her about her partner travelling overseas.

A report from the hearing said evidence Mr Boland had presented to the tribunal suggested the term was “normal working place banter”. He had not meant to cause offence, as this type of language was regularly used and accepted by staff.

In a written statement, he added, “I agree there was some banter exchanged that could be perceived as risque.”

The panel said it took into account Mr Boland had referred to Ms A as “a slag”, with reference to a television programme which used the word as a catchphrase.

Its statement added: “The panel was satisfied there was a culture of using crude language at the hospital at that time and it was more likely than not he had used the term on more than one occasion.”

The panel ruled Mr Boland should not suffer any sanction for the one charge he had admitted and said he could continue to work as a registered nurse.

The hearing followed a hospital internal investigation during which Mr Boland was suspended from work.

Hospital director Roger Lye said: “We demand high standards of behaviour from our staff and will act immediately where these standards have not been met.

“We pride ourselves on offering high-quality clinical care delivered by caring and professional staff and absolutely refute any allegation that there is a negative culture among the staff.

“I have been at the hospital two years and I work closely with all departments to ensure there is a positive culture of transparency, openness and engagement from everyone who works here.

“The issues presented before the NMC this week were thoroughly investigated at the time and appropriate action was taken.

“We are pleased the NMC upheld the action we took in this case, and the fitness to practise of our nurse was found to be not impaired.”

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3:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

rayleigh123 says...

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We pride ourselves on offering high-quality clinical care delivered by caring and professional staff

It really sounds like it


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. We pride ourselves on offering high-quality clinical care delivered by caring and professional staff It really sounds like it . rayleigh123
  • Score: 4

4:36pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

Just shows how low we have sunk. A country that was once world renowned for mild manners, politeness and a genuinely caring attitude.

It shows everywhere now: in shops, on public transport, in workplaces, in pubs and bars and now, more than anywhere else, on the internet.

People like myself who were brought up with good manners and respect are forced to defend ourselves from such lowlifes, by attacking back.

Bullying and name calling are now rife in the workplace. This is why I prefer to be independent and self employed.

In the workplaces I have worked in, particularly over the last decade, I have noticed a marked lack of respect, especially from management towards workers and a preference for left wingers in high positions usually denotes a culture of blame, bullying and victimisation - everything lefties say they oppose.

Where ever you have left wingers in charge you can guarantee bullying and incitement will be taking place. I have worked on national newspapers in a predominantly male environment where there was banter and name calling but all done in jest and you just grew a thick skin and gave as good as you got. But these weren't whinging bellyaching lefties that find everything offensive if it is in any way, opposing their own viewpoint. Unfortunately hospitals are rife with such creatures.

Hypocrites: don't do as I do, do as I say.

Now we have it in politics, particularly at local level. So much so that it is now almost impossible to tell who is running the show.

Who really is behind all this? Ironically, the left wing mentality of "equality" and "diversity" is responsible for a lot of bad feeling in workplaces because the leftie mentality really doesn't believe in equality. True equality is where everyone gets freedom of speech but NOT in order to abuse others for having theirs.

Similarly, sexual innuendo is used to intimidate but there are others in a workplace whose banter is harmless but that others find offensive. My advice is like I say to the idiot minority on here, if you don't like what I say, don't listen.

However, I would agree that this kind of behaviour and language in front of hospital patients and particularly children, is wholly inappropriate and totally unacceptable.
Just shows how low we have sunk. A country that was once world renowned for mild manners, politeness and a genuinely caring attitude. It shows everywhere now: in shops, on public transport, in workplaces, in pubs and bars and now, more than anywhere else, on the internet. People like myself who were brought up with good manners and respect are forced to defend ourselves from such lowlifes, by attacking back. Bullying and name calling are now rife in the workplace. This is why I prefer to be independent and self employed. In the workplaces I have worked in, particularly over the last decade, I have noticed a marked lack of respect, especially from management towards workers and a preference for left wingers in high positions usually denotes a culture of blame, bullying and victimisation - everything lefties say they oppose. Where ever you have left wingers in charge you can guarantee bullying and incitement will be taking place. I have worked on national newspapers in a predominantly male environment where there was banter and name calling but all done in jest and you just grew a thick skin and gave as good as you got. But these weren't whinging bellyaching lefties that find everything offensive if it is in any way, opposing their own viewpoint. Unfortunately hospitals are rife with such creatures. Hypocrites: don't do as I do, do as I say. Now we have it in politics, particularly at local level. So much so that it is now almost impossible to tell who is running the show. Who really is behind all this? Ironically, the left wing mentality of "equality" and "diversity" is responsible for a lot of bad feeling in workplaces because the leftie mentality really doesn't believe in equality. True equality is where everyone gets freedom of speech but NOT in order to abuse others for having theirs. Similarly, sexual innuendo is used to intimidate but there are others in a workplace whose banter is harmless but that others find offensive. My advice is like I say to the idiot minority on here, if you don't like what I say, don't listen. However, I would agree that this kind of behaviour and language in front of hospital patients and particularly children, is wholly inappropriate and totally unacceptable. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -4

6:19pm Wed 6 Aug 14

runwellian says...

Once should have been enough and the staff member suspended immediately.
Once should have been enough and the staff member suspended immediately. runwellian
  • Score: 1

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