Surgeons now have a new trade union

A new union, the Confederation of British Surgery, is ‘the first and only trade union to be recognised under UK law to protect the welfare of surgeons, including the extended team and their families’.

It said it aims to represent all surgeons, regardless of surgical speciality or affiliation, and negotiates on their behalf the terms and conditions of service, contracts of employment, litigation and insurance. 

President Mr John MacFie said surgeons needed better representation. The CBS wanted to share best practice and expertise across all specialties and faster resolution of complaints and fair recompense to patients who have been harmed. 

It will work with The Federation of Surgical Speciality Associations, which represents and co-ordinates the views, aims and policies of surgeons in the UK and Ireland.