The Department of Health (DoH) is to launch a programme to tackle workplace inequalities in the NHS.
The initiative will involve strategic health authorities across the UK looking at issues including employment inequalities for staff.
Bullying and harassment are among the issues to be tackled. Personnel Today exclusively revealed back in September that if the NHS cut bullying levels by just 1% it would save the health service £9m a year.
The initiative has been developed by Surinder Sharma, director of equality and human rights at the DoH.
The DoH said NHS organisations should aspire to be employers of choice.
“They want to attract and retain the best talent, but if there is bullying in the workplace, that’s not going to happen,” a spokesperson said.