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Bullying of surgeons remains big problem in Australia, study finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5057 (Published 19 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5057
  1. Matthew Limb, freelance journalist
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. limb{at}btinternet.com

High levels of workplace bullying remain a major problem in general surgery in Australia, with consultants the worst offenders, researchers have found.

The researchers found that some surgeons may view intimidation and harassment as “functional tools in surgical education.” Their study indicates that much bullying is not formally logged.

The researchers surveyed 370 trainees and consultant surgeons and found that nearly half (47%) reported having been bullied to some degree, implying a culture of bullying within organisations. Trainees (64%) and women (57%) experienced the most bullying, and consultants were the most common source of bullying of …

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