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GMC says that it should regulate physician associates

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 12 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5752
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council has said that it should regulate medical associate professions, including physician associates, as long as this didn’t increase doctors’ fees.

In response to a government consultation on the regulation of medical associate professions (MAPs) the GMC said it would be well placed to accept regulatory responsibility for this staff group.1

Physician associates, physicians’ assistants in anaesthesia, surgical care practitioners, and advanced critical care practitioners are all classed as MAPs.

The GMC said that it could take on MAP regulation as long as the government provides …

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