At the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists, held in Hong Kong in 2016, an initial draft proposal for an “WFSA Position Statement” was presented and subsequently circulated to 150 member societies for input. Reformulated based on that input, the statement presents the WFSA’s global position. Meant to be succinct, it does not prescribe a solution for any one country to follow – recognizing that there is no “one size fits all.” It does aim to ensure that leadership in anesthesiology rests firmly with anesthesiologists, demonstrating that we as a specialist medical profession are a serious, essential and committed contributor to the world’s goal of achieving universal health coverage by 2030. The draft was submitted to all 150 member societies for approval by extraordinary resolution before May 2, 2017, so the WFSA – an official liaison to the World Health Organization...

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