We all know that we 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 about how the NHS and healthcare is inadequate. This is clearly not the norm and mostly focuses on the bad to sell papers, rather than balance with the good. The impression it creates however is that there are many surgeons out there who may cause concern, which is simply not the case. Standards are maintained in hospitals using clinical governance structures and by revalidation by the GMC. Surgeons in the UK are safe and we can be reassured that there 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.