John Black is the President of the Royal College of Surgeons
Once a week, I meet with the officers group, which consists of two vice presidents, the treasurer, the chief executive, and various other senior council members, and we have a series of meetings with people who would like to talk to us. As president, I visit hospitals and attend ceremonies to present diplomas. So, there are a lot of formal occasions like that as well. Most of the work is talking to people who come to see us—for example, the medical officer for London Olympics 2012, Richard Budgett (an Olympic gold medallist), liaised with the college regarding our influence with the Department of Health to help ensure that it keep its promises about providing various medical facilities.
I was doing obstetrics and listening to the fetal heart rate with Pinard’s [stethoscope]. The heart rate was all over the place, the midwife said, “it’s fine.” I said, “No it isn’t.” Eventually