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
- 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