A new survey carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed that surgeons in UK are spending significantly longer times on surgeries than the 48-hour limit specified in Europe.
According to the survey, more than 70 percent of the surgeons who participated in the survey said that they undertake elective surgeries even though they are on call for emergency operations. Around 90 percent of the doctors also admitted that they were on call for emergencies even over the weekend in order to provide 24-hour care.
The report also highlighted the gender gap with just over 7 percent of the consultant surgeons being female even though they account for over 55 percent of medical graduates. However RCS president John Black said that the gender gap will close down in the next few years.
"Although there appear to be very few female consultant surgeons, this reflects the fact that very few women went to medical school at the time the present generation of consultants entered specialty training. We expect to see far more female surgeons in the future", he said.