Draft report and EAG research results

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The EAG has delivered its Final Report to the College (PDF 597KB).

A list of the updates to the Draft Report that are included in the final report is published with the media release (PDF 217KB).

The EAG previously published its Draft Report to the College (PDF 701KB) on discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the practice of surgery.

The Draft Report reflected the findings and feedback from five major pieces of work commissioned by the EAG in 2015, all of which are published on the College website and include quantitative, qualitative and organisational research.

The research found that:

  • 49% of Fellows, trainees and international medical graduates report being subjected to discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment
  • 54% of trainees and 45% of Fellows less than 10 years post-fellowship report being subjected to bullying
  • 71% of hospitals reported discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment in their hospital in the last five years, with bullying the most frequently reported issue
  • 39% of Fellows, trainees and international medical graduates report bullying, 18% report discrimination, 19% report workplace harassment and 7% sexual harassment
  • the problems exist across all surgical specialties and
  • senior surgeons and surgical consultants are reported as the primary source of these problems.
'Now that the extent and impact of these issues is clear, there can be no turning back….we have been shocked by what we have heard. The time for action has come.' - EAG Chair, Rob Knowles AO