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The British Academy of Management's research into diversity and seniority in surgery: our comment

01 Sep 2021

The British Academy of Management has today published research on the ‘severe disadvantages’ women and ethnic minorities face in reaching the top of the surgical profession. Commenting on this, Mr Tim Mitchell, our Vice President and a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon, said:

 "The findings of this research are deeply concerning - women and ethnic minorities must be fully represented throughout the ranks of the surgical profession.  At the Royal College of Surgeons of England, we recognise that more needs to be done to ensure that all can reach the top of the profession, regardless of their background, gender or race.  We are taking action to address inequalities and have committed to the findings from an independent review by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. The action plan for this will be published in September.

"We want to lead by example and to champion equality and diversity.  Our Women in Surgery Network initiative is an important step in making this a reality, as it helps to connect over 6,000 women from all career grades and specialties across the UK to collaborate, network and support each other in their careers.

"As leaders of the surgical profession, we have an essential role to play in fostering a diverse surgical community where anyone who has the talent and determination, can thrive. However, we cannot do this alone - we need to work with the NHS, government, and the surgical community to overcome these barriers."

Notes to editors

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care.

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