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Letters Trust’s use of surgical care practitioner

Care practitioners performing surgery: time to develop a different career structure

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 18 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1341
  1. D W J McCreadie, retired emergency medicine consultant
  1. Warwick, UK
  1. dwjmccreadie{at}

Surgeons have criticised a trust for using a surgical care practitioner (SCP) to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomies.1 The review identifies, however, that anyone with long exposure and dexterity can carry out a procedure well in selected patients.2 The whole premise of non-doctors such as anaesthesia associates, advanced clinical practitioners, physician associates, and SCPs is that they can …

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