The allocution by the President of the Union of the Medical Community "National Medical Chamber" to the Medical Community

People tend think hard things of us, unfortunately. Medical errors are indeed an extremely pressing issue. The large share of responsibility lies with the government, of course, which has forced us to live and work in these specific conditions. However, we are also responsible for what is going on. Our responsibility has nothing to do with material and technical state of the healthcare system. It deals with morality.

Leonid Roshal

Leonid Roshal

The National Medical Chamber (NMC) declares its readiness to assume the responsibility for each of its members. However, every NMC member, in turn, must abide by the standards of healthcare and ethical norms approved and verified by professional medical associations. This is shared responsibility of healthcare professionals to the medical community, and of the community to healthcare professionals (HCPs). The medical community itself strives to have good HCPs in its midst, who are reliable professionals with impeccable reputation.

Multiple parties should be interested in having the NMC in Russia: patients, who have the right to receive high quality medical care; executive authorities who need an additional tool for impacting on quality of medical services, and on training and retraining of HCPs; and HCPs themselves, who need to have their interests defended since, unlike developed countries, Russia has no system in place to protect HCPs.

Guidelines, recommendations, protocols, and standards, created by professional medical associations will become binding for all. The NMC will assume the control over the compliance (credentialing, certification, and licensing). The NMC aims to move away from the archaic, inefficient and expensive postgraduate education, and is ready to implement a range of initiatives in this area.

We have embarked on a long and intricate path. We have a lot of organizational work ahead. With or without us, sooner or later, the need for self-regulation of professional medical care must be satisfied.

And it is so much better to have it satisfied within our lifetime.

Sincerely yours,

Leonid Roshal

President of the Union of the Medical Community"National Medical Chamber"

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