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A report on the state of bullying & harassment within plastic surgery in the United Kingdom

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    1 On behalf of the Plastic Surgery Trainee Association & British Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    R.M.T. Staruch
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    1 On behalf of the Plastic Surgery Trainee Association & British Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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    Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
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    1 On behalf of the Plastic Surgery Trainee Association & British Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    S.J. Eccles
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    1 On behalf of the Plastic Surgery Trainee Association & British Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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    Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
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    1 On behalf of the Plastic Surgery Trainee Association & British Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Published:March 29, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2022.02.084

      Summary

      Many surgical and medical groups in the UK and around the world have investigated the existing cultures within their own workplaces. The Australian college of surgeons, in 2015, conducted a survey that identified that bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination were endemic.
      Unsurprisingly this culture persists, and not only produces a workforce which underperforms but leads to continuous poor behaviour and substandard clinical outcomes for patients.
      PLASTA, in collaboration with BAPRAS, adopted the Royal College of Australian Surgeons survey (RACS) to sample our own plastic surgery community, at all grades. We present the results here and our suggestions for addressing these issues in the following editorial.

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      • How do we solve a problem like bullying & harassment?
        Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic SurgeryVol. 75Issue 8
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          The data presented from the bullying and harassment survey is difficult reading for us all. It not only highlights that we have an issue with bullying amongst our speciality, but that harassment, including sexual harassment, is endemic in our workforce.
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