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Physician associates may be given prescribing powers, says DH


Turkeys voting for Christmas. Ten years agoI remember as a public health registrar when the then FPHM opened specialty training to non-medics, with the promise it would 'increase the capacity of the public health workforce'. Many of us argued it would be a back-door way of ridding medics who were too independent and replacing them with non-medics who were cheaper to employ, and easier to corral, and simply a way of cutting costs not increasing capacity I read in a recent BMA news about how the BMA PH committee were worried now that many Local authorities were not employing medics (Why bother when a non-medic is £20K less per annum) to save money. This will happen in the UK now: the RCGP will be happy as long as they get to regulate and oversee PA courses and will open membership to all (just wait for the rebranding to the Royal College of Primary Care Practitioners). The DH will be happy as they can still claim to offer a "free at the point of primary care NHS" but it will not be staffed by doctors, and will be cheap and cheerful. This is the beginning of the end of GP land. I was right 10 years ago about PH; I suspect I will be right 10 years hence about GP land, and there will be no jobs for GPs, just PAs (of course, as a GP you would be welcome to apply for a PA post should you wish, on their terms and conditions of service).

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07 Jul 2015

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