BMJ awards ceremony cancelled

THE 2020 BMJ awards ceremony has been cancelled in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Designed to recognise the inspirational work done by doctors and their healthcare teams, the event was scheduled to take place in London on April 22, with sponsorship from MDDUS.

But organisers said the awards would still go ahead and that judging would now be rearranged. Shortlisted finalists will be updated on the arrangements by October 1 at the latest.

A judging panel will review presentations from entrants and the winners will be featured in the BMJ magazine and social media channels.

A BMJ spokeswoman said: “This is not a decision that we have made lightly, but as BMJ promotes best practice and safety in healthcare, our top priority is the wellbeing and safety of our partners, delegates and healthcare workers.

“We are still keen to recognise the wonderful work of the shortlisted teams. The judging event will now take place behind closed doors and the winners announced via our marketing channels.”

Guests who have already purchased a ticket for the event at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel will be contacted to arrange a refund.

Read the updated awards FAQs here