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Anaesthetists group raises over £50 000 for legal action against GMC over regulation of associates

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 06 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1247
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A group of anaesthetists is raising funds for a legal challenge to the General Medical Council’s plans for regulating physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs), claiming the GMC’s role will blur the lines between doctors and those who are not medically qualified.1

The council, the regulator for UK doctors, is to take on the added function of regulating PAs and AAs in December 2024. But Anaesthetists United argues that the way the GMC intends to implement its new role has made the situation “vague and indistinct.”

The group has raised nearly £50 000 so far and has instructed lawyers specialising in public law. In their post on the crowd justice website they say, “The biggest worry is that the GMC have steadfastly refused to …

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