BREAKING NEWS Coronavirus forces Diabetes UK to cancel conference
Diabetes UK has cancelled its annual conference in Glasgow and all associated events because of the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak.
The charity made the announcement on the day that 47 new cases were announced in the UK, bringing the total number of diagnoses to 163.
The three-day event was due to start on Wednesday, March 18.
Charlie Breslin, the charity’s Senior Media Manager, said: “After very careful consideration, we are very sad to have to inform you of our decision to cancel our 2020 Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC), and all associated events in Glasgow.
“The team at Diabetes UK has been closely and continuously monitoring the COVID19 situation as it has developed both globally and in the UK.
“This is not a decision we have come to lightly. Our decision making has been informed by detailed risk assessment, but we sought to balance our commitment to delivering a conference that we know provides real value and impact, with our deep and genuine concern for the health and wellbeing of all our conference attendees.
“Hospitals are currently operating at the highest-possible national incident response level, to enable them to be as prepared as possible for the impact of the COVID19 outbreak. On that basis, we do not believe it would be right or responsible to proceed with holding the conference when the NHS is in such need of its expert workforce. Equally we are mindful of our responsibility to support efforts to delay the spread of COVID19 across the UK.
“We understand that this decision will inconvenience many of you, and that you will have practical and logistical questions you will want us to answer. We ask for your understanding here; our conference team will now have a great deal of work to do following this decision. We will be sending a further communication next week, and we hope you will bear with us until then, while we take the necessary logistical steps, and while we communicate this news to all affected.”