Hurrah for Matt Hancock [new UK Minister for Health]' when he admits the low morale of NHS staff is 'heartbreaking' and how he is 'horrified' by the level of bullying in the NHS [BBC news 20th July 2018]. At last someone in authority admits what we 'in the business' have known for years. Many staff are too frightened to speak out, fearing job loss. In this blog, you will discover how NHS organisations get away with gross behavior, using bully-boy legal teams and name blackening to silence whistleblowers. That is why I am campaigning to get the law changed [see campaign tab].
Regular readers will know I too suffered life-changing losses after whistle blowing - then subjected to 13 years [so far] of denial & name-blackening by Trust seniors of Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP). They refused to meet at ACAS, repeated hearsay # to my MP [Jacob Rees- Mogg] and many help agencies. In 2017 they had the arrogance to ignore directions of a Tribunal Judge to talk to me. They do not act as a large, influential Mental Health Trust should, but a law-unto-themselves, institutionalised mob. This behaviour is commonplace among toxic employers.
# An email came into my hands just weeks ago. Chris Stancliffe [HR Manager who bungled a vital HR process in 2006] wrote that I 'physically threatened' staff - repeating this vile hearsay to AWP IT, and using it as a lever to withold information I requested under FOI. He had hidden this email from Tribunal disclosures thus ensuring I could not receive proper help or advice or a proper Judgement.
The police inform me there is insufficient evidence Stancliffe 'meant me hurt', suggesting I use the Tribunal process. Instead, I complain to AWP, demanding his resignation. What do they do? Instead of being horrified/ apologising /promising to investigate, they ignore me. I write back, pointing out the Trust have not responded within 30 days [their own rules!]. They reply a 'legal process' is underway and they do not intend to respond. This 'legal process' does not exist - they refer to my private meeting with an Appeals Judge to discuss Bevans behaviour, which has tacit approval but not yet arranged. Theirs is a clever 'catch 22' ploy - used many times:
HOW NHS DEPARTMENTS BLOCK COMPLAINTS:
1. you are stressed, tread water and cannot act - they ignore you
2. you inform them you are beginning Tribunal - they instruct a legal team /ignore you
3. Tribunal send ACAS mediation forms - you consent, they refuse
4. [documents are altered /'disappeared' /bully-boy legal tactics block you from Tribunal hearing]
5. they wash their hands /do not investigate your complaint
6. you try to get a human response - they claim to have settled
[a pathetic sum, made during your trauma, after they blacklisted you/ closed ranks ]
7. you try help agencies - PALS, NHS complaints, your MP
8. they doggedly follow 'we have settled' route/ Chinese Whisper lies to help agencies.
9. you demand help agencies investigate [see 7.]
10. cover-up in full force- 'Stancliffe's' [or [Chinese Whispers
11. you are ill with worry/ get angry / write to anyone who might help
12. they label you a trouble-maker - you are no longer human to them
13. every time you recover, you try again - they block / make 'in' jokes / close ranks
14. you return to Tribunal - the game returns to 2. on so on
15. in 'jokes' at your expense increase/ hardening attitudes/ outrageous Chinese Whispers
Do let me know your experience. Use the Contact form. Please support our campaign for FAIR DEALING - copy and paste the text to your MP. Together we can fight this evil and ensure this sort of thing never happens again. Marianne's latest work, BEATING THE BULLY, will be published in October by Straightforward / Emerald Publishing.
MUSINGS OF MR STANCLIFFE - direct quotes by a supposed professional HR Officer at a forensic unit in Bristol; itself the subject of many complaints by patients' relatives.
‘nor do I even think a Tribunal is likely to take much interest in her case, given she declined to participate in the previous grievance process’ [Being depressed, I was referred to an AWP mental health team for suicidal ideation - DURING the process Stancliffe & Jerrom set up. ]
‘I had no particular involvement in the Trust's preparations’ [but gave plenty of ‘witness statements,’ passing vile, unsubstantiated remarks to IT, Dr Jerrom & HR – thence to the former CE & Board]
‘I have only had very limited involvement in the Trust's defence’[yet made plenty of noise..]
‘I understand.. there was full disclosure of documents in 2008’ [yet asked IT to withhold documents and 'helped' the legal department 'prepare' documents for Tribunal.. presumably during the time many documents mysteriously disappeared /were altered]
‘She has been employed by [xxx] for seven years so she has seemingly been able to hold stable employment’ [with a good work reputation and testimonials - so why did AWP cancel a work contract, illegally with no further 'investigation'?].
'Marianne refers ..to other litigation..such as a personal injury claim against the Trust (..this was considered .. to be out of time), and other litigation which seemingly resulted in Marianne losing her home’ [Bevans were excellent at blocking justice - as Stancliffe is expert in denial]. [seemingly? You had the news report - saw my downward spiral, yet did not intervene']
‘I understand that Marianne published an entirely new book .. Marianne also published online guidance to aspiring authors. These imply that Marianne had capacity to bring her claim.’ [cybers-stalking / playing, ‘aren’t I a good boy’ to the Board. Any HR professional or psychologist worth their salt know people are encouraged to normalise during trauma].
'Marianne has seemingly continued to engage with these issues both in writing and psychologically since 2006' [Stancliffe appears at a loss as to why a victim might keep seeking justice, after such trauma and life-changing losses..]
Marianne's guides to mental illness received professional acclaim. Two new works are now on sale, 'Finding Time' & 'Beating the Bully.'