Harassment and bullying in medicine has reached 'endemic' levels, experts warn

Studies on harassment suggest that up to 50% of health workers experience abuse

Bullying, discrimination and harassment is such a routine part of doctors’ working lives that it should be classified as “endemic” to the medical profession, experts claim.

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Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, they warned that the emotional impact of unprofessional behaviour — ranging from rudeness and passive aggression to humiliation, verbal abuse and discrimination — also posed a threat to patient safety.

"[It is] associated with poor staff psychological wellbeing, including stress, reduced teamwork and communication, and