The aim of the Confederation of British Surgery (CBS) as a Professional Association would be to act as a ‘Trade Union’ for surgeons and to look after their professional and employment interests irrespective of Surgical Royal College or Surgical Specialty Association affiliation. As such, CBS would be able to involve itself in matters relating to terms and conditions of service, contracts of employment, litigation, insurance and other matters from which the Surgical Royal Colleges and the numerous Surgical Specialty Associations are effectively excluded on the basis of their charitable status and the ‘public benefit’ concept which this entails.

A CBS would emphatically and specifically not be in competition with the Surgical Royal Colleges or Surgical Specialty Associations, as these have remits relating to clinical standards, education and membership activities and are not permitted to act, in any way, as a trade union.

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