Statement: Response to Working Party Report on Sexual Misconduct in Surgery

12th September 2023


In response to the analysis produced by the University of Exeter, the University of Surrey and the Working Party on Sexual Misconduct in Surgery BAPRAS has put together the following statement.

According to consultant plastic surgeon and immediate past President of BAPRAS Ruth Waters;
“These recommendations are certainly a step in the right direction, as one of the fundamental problems is not only that these behaviours occur, but that complaints are often not believed, not investigated, or under-investigated, thus nurturing permissiveness.”

“It is imperative that immediate, comprehensive, and decisive action is taken for the profession as a whole – and in particular from a bystander capacity to call out negative behaviours, such as inappropriate ‘banter’ that can progress to more damaging actions.” 

“It is time for the culture to change, to work to protect our colleagues and patients alike, and to ensure that the NHS works to set a far-reaching and inspiring example of a safe and respectful workplace for all.” 

“We are pleased to highlight that, in conjunction with the Confederation of British Surgery, we have launched a bullying and harassment helpline to advise colleagues who may need advice from an independent source.”

Please click here to access the support resources we have put together for our members


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