The Healthcare Commission has just published its independent review of the annual staff attitudes survey in the NHS.
At Bedford Hospital, based on a 58% return of questionnaires (which were sent to all staff) 17% said that in the previous year they had been abused, harrassed or bullied by a manager or other member of staff. However, apparently Bedford Hospital rated as "average" within the NHS on this criterion.
So there you are, there is an endemic culture of abuse, harassment and bullying within the NHS. What a way to run a public service.