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Let us Operate with Respect


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06 May 2016

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is pleased to be supporting the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) 'Let's Operate With Respect' campaign which aims to help put an end to bullying, discrimination and sexual harrassment in surgery.

Speaking at the Annual Scientific Congress in Brisbane, RACS President, Professor David Watters OBE, said:

"We want to build respect, improve patient safety, ensure health workers have a safe and supportive workplace, and deal with discrimination, bullying and harassment in surgery. We know that these have been real problems for our profession. Almost half of us have experienced it, many more of us have witnessed these behaviours, and things have to change.

"We also know that bad outcomes for patients are more likely when teamwork suffers. When people are dealing with unacceptable behaviour at work, their focus can move away from the patient."

Professor Watters encouraged all surgeons to support Let's Operate With Respect initiatives, including the work outlined in the College's Action Plan: Building respect, improving patient safety.

For further information and to register your support for this initiative visit the RACS website.


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