In the health service, recent studies suggest a certain culture of bullying that is also driving some health staff abroad to work. But it's even more serious, writes Health Correspondent Fergal Bowers.
If bullying in the health service results in some staff not reporting concerns about the working environment and patient care, or not highlighting mistakes that have occurred, that should be of great concern to everyone?
Stephen McMahon, of the Irish Patients' Association, said that the problem with bullying is that people are afraid to speak up. The threat is that a person may lose their job, or promotional prospects.
The Medical Council did a survey recently which has some worrying findings.