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Sexual harassment: Backlash over retired doctor’s letter | BBC News

Female trainees described being sexually harassed, assaulted and in some cases raped by male colleagues

Sexual harassment in medicine is a serious problem which needs to be stamped out entirely. Some might already have seen the recent BBC news piece in which the highly inflammatory comments made by Dr Peter Hilton anaesthetist from Pembrokeshire made, which include,

“Bullying happens. Sexually inappropriate comments and actions do occur,” he said.

“All I can say is that if they want to make a success of this rewarding career then they should toughen up. Perhaps four A*s at A-level are not the answer to all the problems they will face.”

Dr Peter Hilton from Pembrokeshire wrote a letter to The Times referring to a “snowflake generation” of young doctors who “should toughen up”.

It comes as a new study found female NHS surgeons reported being sexually harassed, assaulted and raped. The survey found 88% of doctors thought there was sexism in the NHS and called on the organisation to educate people against discriminatory behaviour.

It highlighted a pattern of trainees being abused by senior male surgeons.

The report, entitled Breaking the Silence, was written by the University of Exeter, the University of Surrey and the Working Party on Sexual Misconduct in Surgery.

Read the BBC News article >>


Female doctors vulnerable to sexual assault due to hospital work environments, expert says

Closer to home, A/Professor Louise Stone of ANU coordinated a symposium on sexual harassment in the medical profession.

Read The Guardian article >>


‘My world is broken, and will never be the same’: Sexual abuse of doctors by doctors

“In 2014, I looked after a junior doctor who was sexually assaulted by her boss.”

Read the AusDoc article >>



Source main article (published 14 Sept 2023, BBC) and Photo Credit (Getty Images)


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