The President of the German Medical Association, Prof. Dr. med. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is the new President of the Standing Committee of Doctors of the European Union (CPME). With clear majority, the General Assembly in Geneva on November 10th voted for Montgomery as the successor to the Swiss Dr. Jacques de Haller out. Montgomery will take over the office on January 1, 2019 and represent the interests of European doctors vis-à-vis the European Commission and the European Parliament for the next three years.
The challenges of the term of office will be Brexit and the European Parliament elections and new commission. "My goal is to maintain safe working conditions for doctors and high quality of care in the debate about Brexit," said Montgomery. European doctors provided vital services in the UK - without them, post-Brexit care would crumble. This should be prevented. With regard to the elections, the President hopes for “a strong, public interest-oriented parliament and commission that puts health first”.
For Montgomery, the new presidency is another step in his professional commitment: the 66-year-old has been president of the German Medical Association since 2011. In addition, the radiologist working at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf was from 1994 to 2002 and since 2006 President of the Hamburg Medical Association and from 1989 to 2007 Federal Chairman of the Marburger Bund. Dr. med. Eva Richter-Kuhlmann