The duality of workplace relations

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:43pm, first published November 11 2014 - 6:42pm

Many of the headaches the Canberra Hospital has caused Katy Gallagher in her capacity as Health Minister (in the Stanhope government and her own) have been recurrent ones – none more concerning than workplace bullying. In 2010, the government ordered two external reviews of the hospital's obstetrics and gynaecology units amid allegations of workplace bullying and harassment. When Ms Gallagher refused to release the findings of one of those inquiries (for privacy reasons) she was accused by the ACT Liberals of trying to orchestrate a cover-up. Four years on, and Ms Gallagher is again defending her handling of bullying claims at the hospital (and in the very same units) after a review by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists alleged that a toxic culture was contributing to poor patient outcomes. Quizzed on the matter during a public accounts hearing at the ACT Assembly, Ms Gallagher declined to go into specifics, but said managing poor performance and inappropriate behaviour in a hospital workplace was difficult – a view with which few will disagree.

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