GMC reiterates expectations of all doctors to ensure working environments are safe, supportive and give staff the confidence to speak up.

The GMC said: “Amid increasing accounts of sexual harassment and assault faced by healthcare staff, all doctors and employers must ensure that working environments are safe, supportive and give staff the confidence to speak up if they have concerns.

Charlie Massey, the GMC’s Chief Executive, said:

‘There is absolutely no place for sexism, sexual harassment, or any form of sexual misconduct, either within or outside the workplace. The GMC condemns any such behaviour absolutely.

‘It is distressing to hear accounts of healthcare staff who have been victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Any doctor who has committed such acts should be subject to investigation by their employers or the police. Where cases are raised with us we will look at all of the evidence, and where concerns are proved doctors will face appropriate consequences. 

‘We understand how difficult it has been for those who have shared their experiences, and the impact on them and the fear that they will feel for their careers. Everyone in healthcare should expect to be treated professionally and respectfully, without fear of harassment, and within appropriate professional boundaries. 

‘Over the last few years we have carried out a significant review of how we handle these cases including improving the information and support for those involved, reviewing our decision making guidance and providing specialist training for our staff.

‘All doctors and employees working in the UK’s health systems have a responsibility to speak up and challenge these behaviours if they witness them. Doing so can be very difficult, and employers have a responsibility to make sure people can do so safely and confidently. In addition, the GMC provides a confidential helpline and guidance is available on our website.’

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