COVID-19: British Society for Haematology Cancels Conference

裸艺Nicky Broyd

March 13, 2020

裸艺COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of another UK medical conference – this time the (BSH) meeting which was due to take place in Birmingham at the end of April.

Last week, Diabetes UK called off its Glasgow Professional Conference (DUKPC), which should have taken place next week. The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) cancelled its Glasgow meeting due in April, and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) postponed its annual conference until next year.

In a statement, BSH said: "As demands on the health service may increase significantly over the next few months, we do not feel it is appropriate for us to run large-scale events that will take haematology professionals away from providing care for their patients, many of whom may be vulnerable due to suppressed immune systems.

"Our conference also brings together health professionals from all around the world, and our Board of Trustees is keen to avoid the risk of transmission to our delegates."

BSH President Professor Cheng-Hock Toh added: "In these increasingly uncertain times over COVID-19, the BSH Board is certain that our Annual Scientific Meeting cannot go ahead in April 2020.

"I am disappointed but as BSH President, I lead the Board in responsible decision making, however difficult that might be. BSH must always do its very best for you and help support your own responsibilities to your family and patients."

BSH said it would be contacting speakers, delegates, and exhibitors with more information.

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