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RCOG statement on sexual harassment in the O&G workforce

23 Mar 2022

The RCOG acknowledges that sexual harassment remains a source of significant concern for many working in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Through the College’s Supporting our Doctors’ work, the RCOG is establishing a working group comprising of Fellows, Members, Trainees and Regional Chief Obstetricians who are committed to identifying what role the College can play in addressing this issue within the speciality. This group will produce a series of recommendations for the College to act upon.

This work builds on our commitment to promote a positive working environment for all and encourage cultures of civility, kindness and respect. In 2021 we published a Workplace Behaviour Toolkit – this free resource is one way we can help to combat the problems that result from poor behaviour and raise awareness of it. We recognise the significant impact that poor workplace behaviours can have on patient safety, as well as the cost to the individuals subject to these behaviours and those witnessing them.

The College takes a zero tolerance approach to unprofessional behaviour and is committed to taking action to tackle sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse of power in the O&G workforce.  RCOG members, at any career stage, are encouraged and supported by the College to report allegations of sexual harassment to their Trust and can seek confidential advice via our support services for members. The BMA also have advice and support on sexual harassment at work.

Members of the College who would like to find out more about the working group should contact for more information.


For media enquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact the RCOG press office: / +44 (0)7986 183167.

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