Government and employers must do more to prevent sexual harassment in healthcare sectors, says Kim Sunley.

Sexual harassment in healthcare has become “normalised” and not enough is being done to address it. These are the bleak findings from a new survey of more than 2000 nurses carried out by Nursing Times and UNISON.

Three fifths (60 per cent) had been sexually harassed either by patients or colleagues. For many nurses, sexual harassment was far from a one-off incident, with 11 per cent reporting they often encountered such experiences and a fifth (21 per cent) reported occasional harassment.

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