Annual Congress 2020 - Birmingham

British Orthopaedic Annual Congress 2020
After much careful deliberation the BOA leadership have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Congress, due to be held 15th-18th September 2020 in Birmingham. 
Due to the impact of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the demands that will be placed on members over the coming months it was felt that delivery of Congress would not be viable. While the long term impact of the pandemic is not yet fully understood the NHS is undoubtedly under significant pressures which will reach into the autumn. The BOA acknowledges the commitment and dedication shown to the NHS at this difficult time and our intention is to ensure maximum resources are available to support these efforts.
In reaching this decision a number of factors were carefully considered by the Executive Committee including the significant financial impact on the BOA. We understand that this will be disappointing for our members and we are actively working on options to deliver educational and policy support through a variety of alternative platforms.
We have been proactively working on COVID-19 advice and support for clinicians and patients over the past few weeks and have been delighted with the level of engagement with these resources. We will continue to do this and would welcome feedback on any areas where you would like more information.
At this point we are still planning on holding the AGM at the ICC in Birmingham, on 17th or 18th September 2020. We will also be looking at other ways to support networking and collaboration across our sub specialties. More information on this will be sent to members in due course.
The BOA has contacted exhibitors and speakers to inform them and we apologise for any inconvenience this decision may have caused. We greatly appreciate them and the support they would have given to Congress this year and look forward to working with them in 2021.
BOA President Mr Don McBride said:
‘Our mission is to Care for Patients and Support Surgeons which now feels more relevant than ever. We were very much looking forward to welcoming our delegates from across the globe to Birmingham but in these unprecedented times difficult decisions have to be taken. We are extremely grateful for your understanding and patience.  Protecting people’s health, patients and clinicians alike, is of upmost importance and should be at the forefront of all our efforts.
The Congress will return in Aberdeen in 2021 where we look forward to welcoming you in happier and less turbulent times.’

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