Investigation over bullying claims at Sunderland health centre

Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre in Sunderland
Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre in Sunderland
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AN investigation is under way over allegations of bullying at a city walk-in centre.

Bosses at Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre say they have been looking into claims that members of staff bullied others at the facility.

No members of staff have been suspended while investigations have been carried out.

Just under 50 people work at the centre, which treats patients with minor injuries and illnesses.

Ian Frame, executive director, personnel and development at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust said: “Earlier this year, the trust was alerted to allegations of bullying and harassment at Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre.

“We immediately launched an internal investigation into these allegations which involve two members of staff. This investigation is almost concluded.

“I can confirm that no one has been suspended.

“At South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust we take all allegations of bullying and harassment seriously and have policies in place to ensure that staff know what to do if they have any concerns.”

Grindon Lane’s minor injuries unit could close under new proposals to change urgent care for patients on Wearside.

NHS Sunderland Commissioning Group (CCG), which is being led by GP commissioners, has launched a consultation into the creation of a new integrated care centre to be based at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

This would see the unit at Grindon close, although the care centre itself would stay open, providing other services.

The commissioners say they intend to provide a GP-led minor injury unit at Houghton PCC as part of the plans.

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