It is my great pleasure and honor to write to you for the first time as President of the BSGE. Under normal circumstances the hand over would have taken place at the BSGE AGM during our ASM in Manchester but in these unprecedented times it had to be a virtual acceptance of the chain of office from Sanjay via Skype (!).
I would like to start by thanking Sanjay for his fantastic leadership of our ever growing and influential society. His experience, industry and infectious enthusiasm have made his tenure a successful one. He has always been accessible, approachable and collegiate in his outlook and my fellow Officers and Council Members have benefitted from these attributes and learnt a great deal from him. As has been the case with our previous Presidents, he has left the society in an even better place than when he took over. He will be a hard act for me to follow. I would like to thank him on behalf of all our members.
In other news…………
Led by Andrew Kent , the officers have reviewed and provided rapid feedback to PHE regarding the necessity of appropriate PPE which has led to revision of draft publications for the better. We have also contributed, on behalf of The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHSE to formulating guidance about surgical prioritisation (emergency, urgent <72 hours, <4 weeks and < 3 months) during the coronavirus pandemic, which will have implications in the post-lockdown period in order to minimise the impact upon our patients awaiting surgery.
Annual Scientific Meetings
As always we are keen to receive abstracts once the call becomes open and in particular from those of you who submitted accepted abstracts for the now cancelled meeting, we would very much encourage you to resubmit these for consideration alongside any completely new work.
For those of you extremely organised diary-wise, I can tell you that the Birmingham-Worcester ASM originally scheduled for May 2021 has now been pushed back to February 28th -1st March 2022. I realise that both the Manchester and then Birmingham -Worcester ASMs are earlier than our usual April / May timing but the convention centres would only reschedule, without incurring huge financial penalties, in the same financial year, hence the need to agree to earlier dates.
Council meeting and BSGE AGM
We send our congratulations to all the successful candidates. There were a large number of extremely able and committed people standing for election, and I hope that those who were not elected will continue to contribute to the work of the Society and consider re-applying for Council. We need all these talented people. Sincere thanks also to Wendy-Rae Mitchell, Chris Guyer and Natasha Waters who have provided fantastic service to our Society, with their wisdom and experience, and who are now stepping down from Council. However, quality never goes away and I am sure that we will find many other ways to use their talents.
“I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country. The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.”
I know our membership will be stepping up.
In the meantime, on behalf of the officers, members of Council, Atia and Lesley, I send you my very best wishes as you exercise your own leadership, employ your skills for your patients, support your trainees, maintain your resilience and protect your families. I look forward to meeting up in happier times.
Wishing you and your loved ones the best of health
With my very best wishes
Professor Justin Clark MD (Hons) FRCOG