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RCOG statement in response to sexual assault in surgery testimonials

14 Sept 2023

The RCOG has released a statement regarding the recent study in the British Journal of Surgery on the sexual harassment many female surgeons experience.

Ranee Thakar, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:

“The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists condemns all forms of sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault. We have been incredibly saddened to read the personal accounts of assault in surgery recently shared. We are also aware that sexual harassment remains a significant issue for many of those working in obstetrics and gynaecology.

“There is no place for these appalling behaviours in a modern health service and we must all play a role in building a zero tolerance culture. We are committed to tackling sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse of power, and encouraging civility and respect, within our specialty. Over the last year the College has signed the BMA’s ending sexism pledge and the NHS England sexual safety charter.

“RCOG members are encouraged to report allegations of sexual harassment to their Trust, and can also get advice and information via our support services. Our network of Workplace Behaviour Champions across the UK were created to assist O&G trainees and doctors who want independent advice to tackling unacceptable behaviour. Members can also use our Workplace Behaviour Toolkit to raise awareness, and help to build learning and supportive working environments. We will continue to seek ways to do more”.


  • Careers and workforce
  • Gynaecology
  • Pregnancy and birth