The General Assembly of the European Union of General Practitioners / Family Physicians (L’Union Européenne des Médecins Omnipraticiens / Médecins de Famille – UEMO)  Bucharest 21-22 October 2016

Last week, on 21-22 October 2016, 24 national delegations attended the General Assembly of the UEMO (European Union of General Practitioners / Family Physicians), organized for the first time in Bucharest, in the 49 years from the establishment of UEMO. In 1967, associations of General Practitioners from six Member States of the European Economic Community (Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy), met in Paris to set up the European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO), an organization that has become now one of the most important organizations of physicians in Europe, representing over 400,000 doctors in Europe, being made up, until the present General Assembly in Bucharest, from delegates from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, UK.

Dr. Aldo Lupo, President of the UEMO presented the activity report of the last General Assembly in Porto.

Dr. Kjartan Olaffson, Vice-President of UEMO, in his report, presented actions of the Consultative Commission of the European Commission on  eHealth, in which UEMO is stakeholder and rapporteur and also the proposals of the UEMO internal working group on improving the organizational activity of UEMO, having as completion date the next General Assembly in May 2017, in London .

Dr. Daniel Widmer, Vice-President of the UEMO exposed the situation of UEMO collaboration with other health professional organizations and proposals for the UEMO Code of Conduct in these relationships and those with medical industry, which is to be adopted at the next General Assembly.

Dr. Calin Bumbulut, Vice-President of the Romanian  College of Physicians and Vice-President of UEMO, presented his report about the UEMO internal working group on recognition of Family Medicine specialty at European level, and the establishment of the united group UEMO-WONCA Europe (World Organization of National Colleges, Academic Associations of General Practitioners, Europe region) following the Copenhagen Conference in June 2016, this group being tasked from these organizations to finalize an action plan for developing common needs of training in the General Medicine / Family Medicine specialty in Europe, by 1st  November 2016.

Results of UEMO General Assembly in Bucharest:

Establishment a new Working Group on eHealth with the objective of finalizing the UEMO strategy in this area.

France has become a full member of the UEMO, following the unanimous vote of the UEMO General Assembly. The 50th anniversary of the UEMO, having France as its founding member, will take place next autumn.

Election a new UEMO Vice-President  for a four years  term – Dr. Mary McCarthy, representative  of the British Medical Association .

The UEMO Declaration, adopted unanimously on 11th June 2016 in Porto, by which UEMO “calls upon those countries that do not yet have recognition of the Specialty to examine their own systems so as to promote and achieve the recognition of GPs/FDs as Specialists in the field of General Practice/Family Medicine within one year” was an impetus and support for several delegations (UK, Ireland, Norway, Malta) to require National Competent Authorities to notify the European Commission in order to recognize the specialty of General Practice/Family Medicine at level European.

The next GA will be held in London between 26-27 May 2017.