Female ambulance staff at the National Health Service (NHS) face widespread bullying and sexual harassment, a new report has revealed, the latest in a string of institutional sex abuse accusations in the UK.
Women at South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (Secamb) told investigators they were asked for sexual favors in return for promotion, according to a report by researchers led by Professor Duncan Lewis from Plymouth University.
The independent report, which was commissioned by Secamb, found that female staff suffer from groping and “highly sexualized gazing” by their male colleagues and managers
“The researchers heard from several sources about “overt and covert sexualized behavior” within Secamb,” the report said.
The report said the perpetrators include former senior leaders to frontline managers and the general workforce.
“For example, female staff talked about sexual favors being sought in return for…