We all want the best treatment possible when we need surgery. Fortunately, the vast majority of surgeons are excellent in the UK as there are rigid criteria for selection and training. There is ongoing audit of all their work especially if they work in the NHS as well as privately.

We see daily news in the media where the NHS and healthcare have been inadequate. Fortunately however, high standards are generally maintained in hospitals using clinical governance structures and by revalidation by the GMC. Surgeons in the UK are on the whole very safe and we can be reassured that their results will be good. However, for peace of mind it is worth knowing as much as we can about our surgeon before we go under the knife.

So come on and get involved – together we can help ourselves and others.