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Female paramedics say they had to watch porn, giving sexual benefits



Female paramedics were forced to watch porn and provide sexual benefits at an ambulance service where women were called "fresh meat", according to a condemnation report on bullying.

An independent probe in Britain has discovered a nail in abuse at the Southwest Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT), where a boys club environment existed.

Sexual jokes are said to be "common" at SWASFT, where inappropriate and abusive behavior had "left their mark on interviewees."

The report reads: "Women talked about being exposed to pornographic material, were physically suggested and behaviors that are sincere bound to gross abuse or even sexual abuse."

Female employees also spoke of being called "fresh meat" or said they would be placed over a boss's knee "and spanked."

The report, written in collaboration with Union Union Unison, also refers to a "B-B-Q" club where local managers reported using the membership for sexual benefits, but it could not be proven.

The survey also cites an example where a man and woman "simulated intercourse" on the floor in front of others, which both men and women found "completely offensive".

Interviews also spoke of managers who "openly flirt" with new employees in an attempt to exercise power and control.

One is quoted as saying: "It became clear to me that if I wanted to develop my career, there were sexual benefits that were required."

"Nights outside, weekends away. You're doing what we want you to do."

The review was conducted after the staff survey from the National Health Service 2017 showed that 24 percent of the ambulance officials said they had experienced bullying or harassment – an increase of 3 percent compared with the previous year.

To quote that both suicidal thoughts and actual suicide have occurred in SWASFT, the report adds: "It is impossible to connect these directly to alleged bullying / inappropriate behavior, although some employees we interviewed did themselves themselves."

The staff are said to be "afraid" to raise complaints, with 15 percent of the third claiming they were bullied and said they had not spoken.

Those who had made it "felt that their careers had suffered as a result" or that their concern was "dismissed without consequences for the alleged perpetrator."

SWASFT said in a statement that the results of the cultural review showed that there was no "no culture of bullying and harassment or systemic issues" within SWASFT, but it acknowledged that there were "certain areas" where bullying and harassment were more widespread.

The ambulance service's executive director, Ken Wenman, described the findings as "the most important and important" report he read in 20 years.

He praised the openness and courage of staff who spoke and said that their actions would now "inform the actions needed to change our culture to the benefit of all our people and, in turn, the patients we serve."

SWASFT Chairman Tony Fox added: "The unrest of bullying and harassment is the highest priority of the Confederation Board."

"There is no place for such behavior in this confidence and the board will provide supervision and support to ensure that the actions for bullying and harassment are fully implemented and that a change of step and continued improvement are reviewed trust so that every employee feels valued and treated with dignity and respect. "


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