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Workplace bullying, undermining and microaggressions are a reality for many, and although the prevalence may vary, there is no environment that is free of such hostile interactions. The healthcare workforce is focussed on empathy, kindness and caring, yet the daily experiences of many are in stark contrast to this. Although awareness of these issues exist, incidents of bullying are still grossly under-reported.
Bullying and undermining behaviours stem from a gradient of power and lack of appreciation of the societal advantages of diversity. In keeping with this, the experience of particular sub-populations are disproportionately worse, such as for women, minority ethnic groups, those with disability, LGBTQ+ and those from deprived backgrounds.
There have been campaigns and initiatives to change workplace behaviours, with mixed successes. A less explored role is that of organisations whose declared mission is to stand up for equality, represent the voice of the minorities and the under-represented, akin to self-help groups and advocacy.
This article explores workplace bullying from the perspective of the minority ethnic doctors and proposes the potential benefit of their representative organisations in helping to balance the inherent workplace disadvantages.
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