Bullying in surgery isn’t just Australia’s problemBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5188 (Published 26 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5188
- Nikki Stamp, cardiothoracic surgeon1,
- Imogen Patterson, urological surgeon2
- 1Fiona Stanley Hospital, 11 Robin Warren Drive, Murdoch, WA 6050, Australia
- 2Bundaberg Base Hospital, Bundaberg, QLD 4670, Australia
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 …