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The regulation of physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs)

Statement made on 18 July 2019

Statement UIN HCWS1741


Today I am pleased to announce that we have asked the General Medical Council (GMC) to regulate physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) across the UK.

On 7 February 2019 the Government published its response to the consultation on the Regulation of Medical Associate Professions in the UK.

The response confirmed the decision announced on 12 October 2018 by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to introduce statutory regulation for physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) (formerly known as physicians’ assistants (anaesthesia)). However, we set out that further work was required to decide which regulator would take forward regulation of these roles.

Following the completion of this work, we believe that the GMC are best placed to regulate PAs and AAs. Regulation will enable these groups to work to their full potential and provide the very best care to patients as part of a multidisciplinary clinical team, contributing to the development of a safe and flexible workforce. This is an important step towards meeting workforce commitments in each of the four countries including the Interim NHS People Plan in England.

The UK and Devolved Governments will now work together alongside stakeholders to develop and then consult on draft legislation.

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This statement has also been made in the House of Lords

Department of Health and Social Care
The regulation of physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs)
Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lords)
Conservative, Life peer
Statement made 18 July 2019