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RCGP calls for immediate freeze on recruitment of physician associates

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1376 (Published 21 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1376
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

General practices should stop recruiting physician associates (PAs) immediately until regulation and scope of practice guidance is finalised, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has said.

The college issued the warning after analysing the results of 5112 GPs who responded to a consultation sent to all 54 000 college members,1 which found that half of GPs had seen examples of patient safety being compromised by the work of PAs.

Overall, the consultation concluded that all UK practices should review their recruitment plans and halt the additional recruitment and deployment of PAs into general practice until they are regulated and practices can implement the RCGP’s forthcoming guidance on scope of practice, induction, and supervision, which it hopes to publish by the end of the year.

The BMA has already called for a recruitment freeze of …

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