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For those who can seldom use the handsome metropolitan facilities of the RSM and have no need for its IT facilities a particular benefit of membership is the JRSM, with its excellent and wide-ranging review of the medical scene. To impose a surcharge on Fellows who prefer (and possibly need) the convenience of the printed page, rather than the online version, is not just damaging to the Society's known reputation for inclusivity but also a disrecommendation to further recruitment. Council should reconsider this misguided attempt to appease the auditors.
It was with deep misgivings that the RSM's Honorary Officers recommended to Council a package of savings that included putting a surcharge on the paper version of the JRSM. In addition we have reduced the printing costs of RSM News. We sincerely hope that this will not reduce the influence of the JRSM, but it was thought that this would do less damage to the Society than a further hike in the Fellowship subscription. Several other thrift measures are being taken to ease our financial position to pay for the new facilities at No. 1 Wimpole Street which will enable us to compete and retain members in the highly competitive world of the learned societies, colleges and trusts' educational programmes. I can assure Dr Zorab and Dr Corfield that the Honorary Officers will review any effects of these measures, the response of the members, and be flexible in the future.