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Welcome to my blog. My pen name is Eva James. I'm an aspiring writer paying the bills working as a legal secretary. Relentlessly bullied by my former boss, I looked for another job but the recession hit. Feeling trapped, I recorded everything in this blog, which serves as a revealing insight into workplace bullying. WEEK 1 starts the story and, as the weeks progress, you'll note what starts as banter soon spirals out of control. Sadly, it's all true. Whilst along the way I've found alternative employment, my passion for blogging about workplace bullying remains. Trevor Griffiths, legendary theatre, TV and film writer said at the outset, "I like the writing a lot: smart, cool, placed. If you were prepared/able to take your prick of a boss on, you'd marmelise him."

Saturday, 12 January 2013

WEK 260 Career Ladder

At the start of this week, the Telegraph published a comprehensive story about the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust public inquiry which resulted in only one of many NHS executives being blamed for appalling patient care actually being disciplined. The other executives, it seems, went on unscathed with their ascent up the career ladder.

The Telegraph was particularly interested in Mr Yates, the Trust’s CEO, who refused to give evidence on the grounds that his stress was great enough to ruin all future employment. Mr Yeates left with £400,000 and a pension of approximately £1.27 million. What happened to him next career terms is astonishing. As the Telepgraph explains:

Mr Yeates has now returned to the health care sector, with a job as chief executive of a Shropshire-based charity, Impact Alcohol and Addiction Services, which holds contracts with the NHS.”

So that fact that Mr Yates was blamed for appalling patient care, refused to give evidence or present himself for cross-examination and left proclaiming he would never return doesn't seem to have harmed his career.

If you want to talk about a culture of fear, this is it. It doesn’t look like it on the surface, perhaps. But this is how it works. You’d think a fall off the career ladder would lead to permanent damage. However, it appears that when you get to the top of the ladder, you're at a point where the ladders meet. That’s when people are invincible. It's like a club, and it’s the people at the bottom of the ladder that fall off. 

As the Telegraph explains, Mr Yeates imposed widespread job cuts to the rungs of the ladder below him. He saw that the NHS spent over a million on redundancies and over 150 nurses left through redundancy or retirement in a two year period. 

In such circumstances, who do you complain to when your ward is hopelessly short staffed because the top brass have failed to replace nurses who have retired? Who can help with rising stress levels when all the nurses on a ward are being re-interviewed for their current jobs as they’re all in a redundancy pool?

Even when a public enquiry specifically blames individuals at the top, it seems they’re made of Teflon. And the stress, fear and frustration of working in such a culture cannot result in anything but a lowering standard in patient care - which nobody wants.

Until we shake the incompetent from the top of the ladder, I don’t see how things will change.

Very best

1 comment:

fifivdm said...

Very sharply observed, Eve

Well done

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