As part of our work to build respect in surgery, we’ve adopted a new protocol to guide information sharing with hospitals. It will help RACS monitor and manage the training environment and surgical workplaces.
The protocol applies to information sharing in complaints management, when concerns have been raised about breaches of the RACS Code of Conduct, including discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.
It sets out structured information sharing thresholds and details what information about surgeons’ professional conduct will be shared between a hospital and RACS, and when it will be shared, in accordance with RACS privacy policies and the principles of procedural fairness.
Under the protocol, information:
- will be shared between a hospital (training post) and RACS, when there is a joint review of a concern by a third party, and/or when substantiated findings about a surgeon have been made after a formal complaint
- should be shared after a formal complaint when there are no findings made or yet determined, or if there are repeated allegations made about the same surgeon but no formal complaint has been received.
More detail about what information will be shared when, is in the protocol (PDF 63.63KB)