Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (197)

Shane Cassells

Question:

197. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Health the number of complaints of bullying and sexual harassment, respectively received by his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [48039/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Civil Service Dignity at Work Policy applies to the staff of the Department of Health.  In line with the policy, every member of staff has been made aware that all forms of bullying and sexual harassment are unacceptable and that every member of staff has a duty to behave in an acceptable and respectful manner.

There has only been one complaint in my Department in relation to bullying and sexual harassment during the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019.  The finding of the subsequent external investigation was that the complaint was not upheld.