BMA responds to the GMC using ‘medical professionals’ to group doctors and PAs together

by BMA media team

Media release from the BMA

Location: UK
Published: Thursday 22 February 2024
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The BMA has responded to the General Medical Council using the term ‘medical professionals’ as a collective term for doctors, physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) in the Good Medical Practice 2024.

Professor Philip Banfield, BMA council chair, said:

“The GMC continuing to blur the lines between doctors and PAs is no longer tenable. PAs are not doctors and are not medically trained. The lived reality is that this is causing significant confusion for patients and demonstrates what a disastrous decision it is to use the doctor’s regulator, the GMC, to also regulate PAs and AAs. We are again calling on members of the house of lords to put a stop to this when they have a chance next week.”


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