Hospital acknowledged financial cost of bullying

Ballarat’s base hospital says its first ever recorded deficit is a direct result of the economic costs associated with efforts to address workplace bullying. Ballarat Health Services’ (BHS) annual report, tabled in Parliament this week, reveals the hospital spent almost half a million dollars on consulting fees for reviews into its workplace culture. “This is work that we needed to complete, the cost of which is being borne by the organisation,” the hospital’s new chief executive, Dale Fraser, said. Two reviews into Ballarat Health Services’ work culture over the past year have revealed consistent reports of abuse, nepotism and harassment…
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