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Introduce statutory regulation of physician associates (PAs) by 2023

Submitted by Robert Macdonald on Tuesday 4th October 2022

Published on Monday 10th October 2022

Current status: Open

Open until: Monday 10th April 2023

Current Signatures: 5,762
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Chest ~ Clinical ~ Government ~ Medic ~ Request ~ Requested ~ Run ~ The Government

Petition Action

Introduce statutory regulation of physician associates (PAs) by 2023

Petition Details

We want the Government to introduce statutory regulation of physician associates (PAs) by 2023, so that they can register with the GMC, issue prescriptions, and request X-rays and ionising radiation.

Additional Information

Physician Associates have been working in the UK since 2003. They can do chest drains, intubate, run cardiac arrests, see and diagnose an array of patients in clinical and surgical settings as well as first assist in theatre. However, because they are not a registered medical profession they cannot issue prescriptions or order an x-ray.


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