Salvador Tranche, RIP

These are difficult days for family medicine in Spain. Sad news left our hearts frozen at the end of the morning of this Sunday, February 13, 2022, as Salvador Tranche Iparraguirre, president of semFYC (Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine), died suddenly when he returned home after playing sports.

Salvador Tranche has chaired semFYC since 2016. Together with his team, they have helped family and community medicine to move forward with a firm and determined commitment in several political, social, and scientific forums, without neglecting the day-to-day life of his family doctor's consultation in the Christ health center of Oviedo.

All semFYC members have appreciated your support and leadership over the years. We have counted on him for international collaboration during the WONCA working groups, in which semFYC partners usually participate. In addition, Salvador Tranche was an active participant at all levels of WONCA World, Ibero-American and European conferences.

He has been a committed person, passionate about family medicine, conciliatory and always open to dialogue. He has been an undisputed leader of family medicine in Spain during the pandemic, developing a relevant disseminating activity on the role of family and community medicine in the Spanish health system and its capacity and responsibility in the face of the COVID19.

Salvador Tranche had become a national reference when it came to checking and making known the situation of the Primary Care network in Spain, he had given multiple interviews and often appeared before the media to ask that the focus be placed on the workload of family doctors and Primary Care colleagues, to propose a redefinition of the health system in our country and a refinancing of its human and technological resources.
Given this great sadness and pain that the semFYC community feels at this time, we have decided to open this digital condolence space so that we can all share our feelings.

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Salvador Tranche, you have left as you have lived, always on the front line of family and community medicine. Rest in peace, we will all continue moving forward, at the point where the footprint of your steps has been left.