Battles rage over Physician Associates

The pace and intensity of the row over the role and regulation of Physicians Associates (PAs) and Anaesthesia Associates (AAs) have both rapidly increased in this pre-election period, forcing a major climbdown and apology in Bradford, a Royal College President to stand down, another Royal College to change course, and two separate legal challenges to the failures of the General Medical Council (GMC).

Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership Board (@BDCFT), a sub-committee of West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB), describes itself as “the key-decision making body for health and care in our area.”  But it triggered a furious social media reaction across the country when it launched an advertising campaign for an ‘It’s a GP Practice Thing’ campaign promoting the role of PAs, depicting a smiling young woman with the words “The Physician will see you now”.

Full story in The Lowdown, 26 June 2024