Western medicine is struggling to cope with the outbreak of the coronaviruses, with the Western Medical Association warning it could be forced to rethink its role.
The WMA is the umbrella body for the more than 100,000 licensed western doctors in the UK and says it has the “full backing” of the government to do whatever it takes to protect the health of the public.
Dr David Cuthbert, chair of the WMA, said the coronas have been “devastating” to western medicine.
“They are affecting our ability to deliver healthcare, and that is going to be a big issue for the next five to 10 years,” he said.
“The government is looking at ways of addressing the problem and there are a lot of steps in the right direction, but there is still a lot to do.”
Dr Cuthberts role will be “central” to the WBA’s review of the role of western medicine in Britain and he has been given the task of coming up with a strategy for how to “reinvent western medicine”.
Dr Cottesmore said the review would include how western medicine can be better aligned with other medical disciplines and the role that western medicine is likely to play in the future of medicine.
The report is due in the autumn.
The Royal College of Physicians has called for western medicine “to reassess its role” in western health and is calling for it to be “transparent about its role”.
It said the situation in western hospitals was “unacceptable” and said it was “critical that western medical schools recognise and reflect the important role of medicine in the modern world”.
“There is a real need for greater openness about the role and responsibilities of western medical education and training in our society,” it said.
“A change of approach is urgently required.”
We will continue to be committed to doing all we can to help western medical students and staff in the best interests of the community and the health and wellbeing of the people in our community.