The WONCA Europe Council met in June and had been very busy, so we have a number of interesting items from that meeting including an overdiagnosis paper and also a paper on specialist training for GPs/FPs. We also have a number of annual reports from our Working Parties with more annual reports to follow next month. This month our featured doctor is Prof Faisal Alnaser of Bahrain who many will know from WONCA World Council meetings – the details for the next World Council and other meetings in Korea can be found here.

Dr Karen Flegg. WONCA Editor

 

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From the President: July 2018
The governance of a global network organization like WONCA is a huge and unusual challenge. Our Council meets only once every two years – many members are new, and attend Council only once in their careers. Indeed the President only chairs WONCA Council once in their tenure! Executive will account there for the financial situation, and make proposals based on predictions for what is needed to help WONCA survive and thrive.

From the Editor’s desk: Krakow and Korea conferences
For our CEO, Garth Manning, it has been an especially busy period of late, with the World Health Assembly closely followed by the WONCA Europe conference, in Krakow, which was then followed immediately by the WONCA Executive meeting in Warsaw. Meanwhile, having also been at the WONCA Europe conference, I reflect on the great enjoyment of attending WONCA Conferences.

Policy bite: Member organisations – building and valuing their role
What is needed in all health services – a strong and credible professional voice for family doctors, that is heard by governments, funders, and other health professionals – and that is valued and supported by the impacts we have on our patients’ health and lives.

WONCA Europe Council outcomes
Dr Anna Stavdal, WONCA Europe president reports on recent WONCA Europe Council endorsements:- two equity statements, the Overdiagnosis /Overtreatment position paper, and papers on Training Requirements for GP/FM, as well as Quality in family medicine.

Towards highly trained specialists in General Practice/Family Medicine
WONCA Europe and its teaching organization EURACT have produced several important documents on a common definition and description of the GP/FM specialty. These documents support the recognition of GP/FM and improvement in the quality of specialty training schemes in addition they promote international collaborations.

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