30 August 2016
Ramsay Health Care and the Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU), the purpose of which is to build respect among staff and
doctors and improve patient safety in surgery.
RACS President Philip Truskett said Ramsay was the latest in
what he hoped would be a strong line of leading health
organisations in Australia and New Zealand to commit to dealing
more effectively with discrimination, bullying and sexual
harassment (DBSH) in the surgical workplace.
"The list of early adopters is growing faster than we had
imagined, with Ramsay Health joining Monash Health, St
Vincent's Health and Metro South Health in Queensland in committing
to the respect campaign and there are many more on the way
keen to participate," Mr Truskett said.
Ramsay Health Care has over 2,500 surgeons working across its
facilities in Australia and some of its hospitals have a
significant role in training the future medical workforce.
"Ramsay is committed to ensuring that all our doctors and, in
particular, our Doctor Trainees and Junior Surgeons, work in
an environment that is respectful and free from any bullying or
harassment," said Danny Sims, CEO Ramsay Australia.
"As the largest private hospital group in Australia, we have a
leadership role to play in ensuring that the principles that
underlie a positive work environment are free from bullying or
harassment. A safe and supportive work environment not only
benefits our staff, but also delivers better outcomes for
our patients," he said.
Mr Sims said the Company was already progressing the rollout of the
Vanderbilt program, a program that promotes professional
accountability, through its hospitals.
This MoU commits both organisations to a shared vision that will
provide high quality training, education and experience in the
practice of surgery. This commitment is underpinned by the shared
values of integrity and respect.
Specific initiatives include:
- aligning or
developing policies and processes to the extent possible to deal
with DBSH using the 'Vanderbilt Principles'
as a foundation (See appendix two in the RACS Action Plan:
Building Respect, Improving
- ensuring that
complaints about discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment
involving Trainees, International
Medical Graduates or College Fellows working in Ramsay hospitals
are managed fairly and
expeditiously and that the outcomes of complaints are shared within
- ensuring that
surgical supervisors have the necessary skills and attributes and
are supported to provide training,
assessment, feedback and support to Trainees and International
Medical Graduates in matters
related to DBSH; and sharing information and resources for
training programs to address
Collaborating with employers to build respect in surgery is one
of RACS' core commitments in its Action
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Plan: Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety.
The Action Plan is the cornerstone of RACS' response to the
recommendations of the 2015 Expert Advisory Group into DBSH in
the practice of surgery.
In May 2016, RACS launched Let's Operate With Respect - a campaign
to help deal effectively with discrimination, bullying and
sexual harassment in surgery. RACS has also published a dedicated
new section of its website, About Respect.