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Leading doctors call for legal protection of surgeon title

15 July 2012 Last updated at 08:45 BST

Leading doctors are calling on the government to legally protect the title "surgeon".

A Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) poll of 2,000 people found 95% expect someone using the title "surgeon" to be medically qualified.

There are no restrictions on who can use the title - but the RCS wants only those with a medical degree and surgical training to be able to do so.

But others who use the title defended their right to do so.

The BBC's Simon Clemison reports.