His title The Profession in the 21st Century: Who Cares? was perhaps not surprising for a former President of the GMC.
However the talk looked at the professions in the widest sense looking at everyone involved in healthcare. The question as to why when entry requirements to these professions is at an all time high do we have such significant issues (e.g. Mid Staffs) that somehow we must all be complicit with.
His thought provoking talk brought many questions from those attending and there was a real buzz that continued into the Annual Dinner.
Despite the background concern of having to make a speech later in the evening the Annual Dinner proved to be a lovely evening for your President. Discussing the pressures on and the future of our societies with the Presidents of the Dental and Law Societies revealed a common theme of dwindling involvement form the next generation. It may well be that looking to co-operate ,ore with more joint functions might be a way to ensure that we can maintain some of the important traditions of our societies. The importance of societies such as our own was emphasised during Sir Graeme's after dinner speech. I hope I was able to build on that theme in my own talk - I will certainly spend ths year attempting to increase membership and attendance by hospital colleagues.