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Position Statement on the Legal Aspects of “Medical Manslaughter”

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations view with great concern the recent and highly publicised instances of the criminal prosecution, for gross negligence manslaughter, of individual medical practitioners and other health professionals, notably with regard to Drs. Sellu and Rudling and the optometrist, Ms. Rose. 

Please click here to download the position statement.

ENT UK calls for HPV vaccination for boys

On Tuesday 29th May, ENT UK wrote to Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care calling on the government to end the discriminatory practice of only vaccinating girls. ENT surgeons are increasingly diagnosing cancer of the throat which evidence suggests is linked to a rise in HPV (human papilloma virus) related oropharyngeal malignancy.

The letter can be read below.


A copy of the letter can be downloaded here.


A soldier lost her ear in a car accident. So the doctors grew her a new one -- in her forearm

Shamika Burrage survived a near-fatal car accident two years ago, but not without losing something pretty important: her left ear.

Now, thanks to a novel procedure performed at an Army medical centre in Texas, Burrage is getting that ear back in a most unusual way.

Plastic surgeons harvested cartilage from Burrage's ribs to create a new ear and then grew it under the skin of her forearm. Then the doctors at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso successfully transplanted the ear from her arm to her head.


Please click here for the full story.

HPV UK update for May 2018

ENT UK is a member of the HPV Action collaborative partnership of 50 patient and professional organisations that advocates HPV vaccination for both boys and girls. The latest news update is below.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will make a decision on vaccinating boys (the Committee next meets on Wednesday 6th June 2018).

The latest article in the Mail on Sunday on vaccinating boys was optimistic about the outcome of the parliamentary debate on vaccination for boys on 2nd May 2018. 
A summary of the debate was published on Friday 11th May 2018 by Trends in Men’s Health and Urology
Thanks to the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation, HPV Action is the Mumsnet guest campaign for May 2018. Mums are urged to write to their MPs asking for vaccination for boys.
The Cochrane Group has produced a very timely and helpful review of the safety of the HPV vaccine and its efficacy. A summary of its report is available on BBC News Online and the full report is available here.

Professor Ross Coles (1927- 2017)

We are sad to announce that Professor Ross Coles, an Honorary member of ENT UK and Audiologist whose research helped sufferers of tinnitus, pased away on the 16th December 2017. 

Please see below a link to The Daily Telegraph Obituary 

>> Click here to read.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has secured tax relief for the Specialty Fellowship Examinations (FRCS)

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has secured tax relief for the Specialty Fellowship Examinations (FRCS)

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) announced on Thursday 4th January 2018 that it had reached an agreement with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for trainees in the ten surgical specialties to claim tax relief on the examination fee for the Specialty Fellowship Examinations (FRCS).

For more information please click here

The 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards round will open on Tuesday 13th February 2018

ENT UK has been informed that the 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards round will open on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

Individual emails will be sent to members informing them of the final date for submission if they require a citation from ENT UK.

ACCEA will accept applications for new national awards and from those due to renew their award in 2018.

Consultants will need to put in a renewal application if:

  • they received their current award in the 2014 round
  • their award was last renewed in 2013 (awarded in 2009, 2004, 1999)

Updated guidance for applicants, nominators, employers and assessors will be published on the ACCEA website before the round opens.

Mr Shyam Singam is now the Chair of the Specialty & Associate Specialist (SAS) Committee

ENT UK is delighted to announce that Mr Shyam Singam is now Chair of the Specialty & Associate Specialist (SAS) Committee. Mr Singam was appointed to the role in December 2017 and will remain in place for three years.

Mr Singam is an Associate Specialist ENT Surgeon, based at Torbay Hospital in Devon (The English Riviera). He completed his basic training and ENT diploma at Chennai, India and his subsequent specialist training and fellowship were obtained from the Republic of Ireland.

A generalist essentially, with special interests in Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA), Sleep Disordered Breathing, Coblation surgery and Acupuncture services which he leads at Torbay. His leisure time is divided between gardening, golfing and cooking.

Mr Singam is a member of the Local Negotiating Committee (LNC) and has been on the ENT UK, SAS Committee for the last three years.

He hopes to follow the good work done by his predecessor Janice Provan, in reaching out to the SAS group, increase the group's profile and its participation in ENT UK activities.

HPV Action’s new ‘Jabs for Boys’ website was launched TODAY!

The new Jabs for the Boys website has been launched TODAY! (Wednesday 13th December). It offers advice and guidance to the parents of boys, boys themselves and adult men about the pros and cons of HPV vaccination to help them make a decision about whether to have the vaccination and how to obtain it (including privately). It also contains information for health professionals.

All the information in this website is based on the best-possible evidence and has been checked by medical and other experts. It also complies with the NHS Information Standard.

This website is a much needed resource for members of the public through to health care providers. Please visit the website and show your support by following them on social media.




Mrs Prakash Narula Travelling BACO fellowships 2018 – APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED!

Applicants are invited to apply for a travelling fellowship for BACO International 2018. This event will be held in Manchester UK from the 4th -6th of July 2018. The successful applicants will receive free registration plus £1,000 towards travel and expenses. Successful applicants will be selected by executive members of ENT UK and the Global Health Committee.

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • Be a trainee within their country or a specialist / consultant within 5 years of appointment.
  • Submit a brief CV (up to 3 pages long).
  • Submit a covering letter/ statement of no more than 200 words outlining why they feel they should receive the award and how will they benefit from the travelling fellowship.
  • Provide letters of support/recommendation from two senior colleagues with whom the applicant has worked; one should be from the applicant’s Head of Department or Training Programme Lead.
  • Demonstrate in their application that they have taken an active role in local service OR education development (for example, helped set up and run a training course, organise a teaching programme, help to introduce a new service etc.).


  • > 5 years Consultant / specialist grades or equivalent.
  • Previous recipients of BACO fellowships.
  • Anyone based in the UK is not eligible to apply.

The deadline for application submissions is midnight on Saturday 20th January 2018. Please send your application to