The use of the title ‘Consultant Surgeon’ by non medical practitioners
For someone to be described as a surgeon in the United Kingdom we believe that they must be medically qualified and have completed postgraduate surgical training as recognised by one of the Royal Surgical Colleges. This is a highly competitive and lengthy process that takes a minimum of 10 years (after graduation from medical school) to complete.
The Association of Surgeons in Training echoes the beliefs of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in their position statement of July 2010, namely that: use of the term ‘Consultant Surgeon’ by non-medically qualified practitioners is misleading. The title ‘Consultant Surgeon’ (including any prefix, insert or suffix) must be applied only to medically qualified practitioners in a surgical specialty on the specialist register of the General Medical Council, who have been appointed by a statutory advisory appointment committee process.
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Added on: 10th January 2012