Hospice boss quits amid bullying row

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Manager and senior staff leave hospice after internal investigation 

7th March 2016 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

A hospice boss and two senior managers have quit after being suspended amid claims of bullying.

Shona Robinson worked at Marie Curie’s palliative care centre at Glasgow’s Stobhill Hospital for five years.

She was suspended alongside the two managers during an internal investigation last year.

Staff had mounted complaints that bullying by managers had become commonplace.  

Deputy director of nursing, Anne Cleary, has taken over in the interim as the charity seeks to recruit a new hospice manager.  

The charity confirmed that its investigation has now concluded but a spokeswoman refused to reveal whether any wrongdoing was established.

She said: “We can confirm that two members of staff have recently decided to leave Marie Curie. We are continuing with the interim arrangements for cover at the hospice until further notice.”

She added: “I can confirm that the individual referred to previously who resumed their role, has now left the organisation.”

A report by Healthcare Improvement Scotland criticised the hospice for failing to provide enough support to staff at times of stress, poor communication with workers and poor responses to incidents.

It also said the way managers responded to criticisms was “not robust.”