Challenge is thrown to Europe's GPs

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1043

“General practitioners throughout Europe must take advantage of a political climate that has never been more receptive to primary care,” said Dr Philip Evans, secretary of the new European Society of General Practice/Family Medicine, at the society's inaugural meeting last month (see also p 1036). “We must work together to get governments, the medical profession, and the public to accept the key role of general practice in health care systems. Getting government support and adequate funding for high quality education and training in general practice at all levels is also essential, and we must promote general practice in academic societies.”

In countries such as Britain with a tradition of general practice this may not sound like a clarion call. But for other countries, especially those in central and eastern Europe, putting primary care at the …

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