Delivery of essential surgery by family physicians

2 November, 2020

Delivery of essential surgery by family physicians

https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/98/11/20-252056/en/

'Five billion people – roughly two thirds of the world’s population – lack access to safe, timely and affordable surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care.'

This paper in the WHO Bulletin proposes that 'family physicians, the main providers of primary care, could play a key role in delivering essential surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia services in rural areas where specialists are not available.'

'We suggest that policy-makers should: (i) explicitly permit well-qualified, primary care specialists to practice surgery; (ii) expand family physician training programmes to include surgery; and (iii) incentivize young physicians to choose these programmes.'

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org