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.