Professor Amanda Howe, our new President, said in 2013 that she would “help with policy messages. In WONCA ... we know what we want to say. I’d work on how we say it – getting
accurate clear briefing documents out, so you can adapt them for use in
your place”. Prof Howe wrote policy bites monthly from June 2013 to October 2016.
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of policy bites.
Policy Bite: What gets measured gets managed?
Prof Amanda Howe is on holidays, so this month’s Policy Bite is written by guest author Dr is Luisa Pettigrew. Luisa is a member of WONCA Executive and our liaison person with the WHO. The cliché is that “if it is not measured it is not managed” - or simply may not be done. Whilst there are numerous pitfalls associated with wanting to measure things that cannot or should not be measured, there is also some underlying truth in this saying.
Policy Bite: Gender and health – a major equity agenda
A new publication from colleagues in the Nederlands came my way this month, and reminded me of why I got involved with WONCA in the 1990s. The report was drawn to my attention by Professor Toine Lagro-Janssen, who was an academic colleague of our Past President Prof Chris van Weel.
Policy bite: The modern primary care workforce
I have recently been a member of an independent ‘Commission’ to make recommendations about the primary care workforce in England - very interesting to put one’s own ideas to scrutiny by equally intelligent and critical peers from other backgrounds.
Policy Bite: A brief note on election day…
Today my country goes to the polls. During the last government, we had a major health service reform, with a new ‘market’ model where more services could be contracted with private providers; family medicine doctors were tasked to manage the budget to buy services from the hospital and referral centres: and large scale reorganisation occurred, within the context of a taxation funded public health service