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British Sikh MP Calls For Bullying Probe After Indian-Origin Doctor’s Suicide

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British Sikh MP Calls For Bullying Probe After Indian-Origin Doctor’s Suicide

British Sikh MP calls for investigation into harassment after suicide of Indian-born doctor

Preet Kaur Gill posted her letter to UK Health Secretary Steve Barclay on Twitter today.

London:

Britain’s first Sikh MP has written to the UK government calling for an independent inquiry into a state-funded NHS hospital in Birmingham following the suicide of an Indian-origin attending physician and various reports of harassment you have received from staff.

Preet Kaur Gill, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, where the hospital trust is located, posted her letter to UK Health Secretary Steve Barclay on Twitter on Wednesday calling for an inquiry into culture in hospitals. Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).

He referenced the suicide of Dr Vaishnavi Kumar, 35, who worked at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and whose inquest last month heard how she felt “underappreciated” at work and would come home and cry.

“Following the inquest that followed the harrowing suicide of Dr. Vaishnavi Kumar, which cited bullying and condescension at work as a contributing factor to her death, I am absolutely determined that this must be a point turning point for the Trust”. read Gill’s letter dated December 14.

“I have been inundated with messages from UHB staff, past and present, who have contacted me to share their experience of what has been repeatedly described as a toxic culture that has had an alarming impact on staff and patient care. Staff have been intimidated and demoted for raising concerns about policies and practices that they believe have compromised patient care and, in some cases, even led to death,” she notes.

The senior MP for the opposition Labor Party and shadow secretary of state for international development said many of the staff who have been in contact with her have described a ‘shut up or shut up’ culture at the hospitals trust. NHS.

An investigation by the BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ program earlier this month found that Trust doctors were “punished” for raising safety concerns.

The Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board (ICB) has since announced a three-part review of the culture at UHB, with the first report expected next month.

However, Gill is calling for things to be taken further with an independent investigation to give whistleblowers who want to feel safe in presenting their evidence.

The UHB is one of the UK’s large NHS trusts, which runs a number of hospitals in the area.

“We welcome the support being provided and look forward to working positively and constructively with our NHS colleagues,” a UHB statement said.

“This will build on the work that is already being done at UHB to understand the issues that have been highlighted. It is very clear that there is a force of feeling in several areas and we are committed to addressing them. Our focus now is to continue to provide high standards of care, while supporting all colleagues, as we head into a particularly challenging winter period,” he added.

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