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International flavour at BMA

 30 observers representing more than 20 countries and organisations

14 Jul 2017

The BMA ARM in Bournemouth attracted a large international contingent this year, with 30 observers representing more than 20 countries and organisations.

There were representatives from Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden, the Standing Committee of European Doctors, the Commonwealth Medical Association, and Australia of course.

AMA President Dr Michael Gannon renewed acquaintances with contacts from the World Medical Association, and established new contacts with medical leaders from around the world.

The BMA hosted a dinner for international observers, which gave the heads of international medical associations the chance to informally discuss their shared concerns about issues such as medical workforce and training, hospital funding, doctors’ health, private health, euthanasia and physician assisted dying, international movement of doctors, health services in areas of conflict, and public health programs and services.

The African nations provided illuminating insights into the challenges they face providing health services, especially given the very low ratio of doctors per head of population compared to more developed nations.

Dr David Barbe, from the American Medical Association, gave an interesting account of the changing health landscape in America under President Trump.

Dr John-Paul Tabone, a young GP from Malta and Secretary of the Commonwealth Medical Association, was lobbying hard to re-energise the Commonwealth grouping.

JOHN FLANNERY


Published: 14 Jul 2017