Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Comment on sexual harassment in surgery

11 March 2015

In response to recent media reports about sexual harassment within Australian surgery, RCSI, in conjunction with our sister Surgical Colleges in the UK, has issued the following statement:

"The Surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland are united in finding any form of sexual harassment totally unacceptable. No trainee, or indeed any doctor, should feel intimidated and should immediately raise concerns about inappropriate sexual advances by any colleague, senior or junior. The RCSEng Guide, Good Surgical Practice, endorsed by our College, makes it explicit that surgeons have a duty to promote a positive working environment and treat patients and colleagues fairly and without discrimination".