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“Very few are talking about workplace bullying, yet many are benefitting from it. It acts contrary to the principles of care at the heart of medicine — and we need to do something about it.
How many physicians have wanted to leave medicine because they were subject to horizontal violence or bullying in the workplace? Who has felt undermined, belittled or humiliated when showing up to work on a daily or weekly basis?
Are there those of you who have been used for skills yet have never been acknowledged for your contributions or work? Have you had someone in a position of power act as a gatekeeper in your career path? How many have been subject to some kind of mental, emotional, physical or sexual harassment?
In a profession with the core principle to heal, it is sad, disappointing and sparks anger to know of and experience workplace bullying. It has grown like a festered fungus in health systems already under pressure from decades of under-resourcing and underfunding. This has worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Maria Peach is a general practitioner in Rarotonga, the South Pacific.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Let’s talk about bullying in medicine.”
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