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Confidential contact for Highland Council staff who want to speak out on alleged bullying

By Scott Maclennan

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Highland Council HQ in Inverness. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Highland Council HQ in Inverness. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The Inverness Courier has set up a dedicated email address for those who wish to speak out about their experiences in the wake of hundreds of Highland Council staff claiming they have been bullied or harassed.

The Courier has already been contacted by a number of people who wanted to share their experiences, prompting the move to set up the dedicated and totally private point of contact.

The email is – confidential@hnmedia.co.uk

Understanding the sensitivities involved, both personal and professional, the Courier will not publish the names of those who have been in contact, the department they work in or their local area to prevent identification.

We are looking for staff who would consider telling us about their experiences of bullying or harassment – something we successfully did two years ago when whistleblowers spoke privately about “institutionalised bullying.”

Previously, the Courier was among several local media outlets which successfully brought to light the sometimes severe cases of bullying at NHS Highland.

That campaign lasted years and brought about significant changes in how the health board operates and deals with staff who make complaints.

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