Children and adolescents in Europe deserve the best possible comprehensive health care available, and Primary Care Paediatricians (PCPs) are the best professionals suited for that task, as they are close to the children and their family, community and culture, are qualified for the care of acute and chronic illness and have a substantial role in advocacy for children and adolescents.
PCPs are in need of a loud voice, for visibility and acknowledgement, at the clinical, scientific, academic and political level; and that is not easily obtained from Administrations and health policy decision makers, who often invite PCPs to take a back seat.
ECPCP should advocate for the role of PCPs in European health systems, defending the advantages of paediatricians as providers in Primary Care at a European and at a national level, helping its member societies if needed.
ECPCP should find synergies to achieve common goals with other European and global paediatric societies (EAP, EPA, IPA, ISSOP, GPEC), and seek harmony and cooperation with them; but without giving up one iota of its nature and distinctiveness.
A strong and influential ECPCP is absolutely necessary. Taking the path marked eight years ago.
We began discussing the feasibility of global standards for training and assessment. If this were possible, through collaboration with the global pediatric community, the outcome could be a dramatic improvement in the quality of care we provide to the world's children.
ECPCP fully endorses the following latest declaration of ISSOP (International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health) on the rights, health and well-being of children and youth on the move, signed in Budapest in October 2017.