Letters Sexual harassment

Bullying in surgery isn’t just Australia’s problem

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5188 (Published 26 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5188
  1. Nikki Stamp, cardiothoracic surgeon1,
  2. Imogen Patterson, urological surgeon2
  1. 1Fiona Stanley Hospital, 11 Robin Warren Drive, Murdoch, WA 6050, Australia
  2. 2Bundaberg Base Hospital, Bundaberg, QLD 4670, Australia
  1. nikki.stamp{at}health.wa.gov.au

We read with interest The BMJ’s articles on bullying and sexism in surgery.1 2 3 We commend the journal for publishing on this issue, but we see some notable shortcomings in the articles.

It may seem logical to attribute bullying to a macho culture in Australia and in surgery, but this is a gross simplification of why bullying exists …

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