Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris should be gravely concerned to hear that a Canberra surgeon with decades of specialised experience was allegedly driven out of the hospital because he complained of bullying and harassment in the health system, as The Canberra Times reports.
The so-called “safe and respectful pathways” for health staff to report bullying clearly failed to protect this surgeon. Instead, reporting mechanisms put a target on his back.
It is time for Ms Fitzharris to say no to bullying, intimidation and harassment, and to launch an inquiry with the powers of a royal commission.
Bullying in the health system is deeply entrenched and will not be resolved by hurriedly splitting the health directorate into two new agencies, as the Minister suggests. We must have a board of inquiry.