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Complexity of primary care is barrier to physician associates, say GPs

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4685 (Published 11 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4685
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

GPs think that complexity and uncertainty in primary care are the biggest barriers to physician associates becoming part of their teams, research has found. They also considered physician associates’ inability to prescribe as a barrier to working in primary care.1

In 2014 Health Education England announced that it would create 205 physician associate posts to support primary care and emergency medicine.2 And in 2015 the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced that 1000 new physician associates would be working in general practice by 2020.3

In a paper published in the British Journal of General Practice,1 researchers from the University of Sheffield said that …

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