Health Professions: Regulation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the consultation on the regulation of medical associate professions in the UK.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government is committed to supporting the development of a modern health and care workforce as part of the continuing drive to provide safe, accessible and high quality care for patients and service users. A key part of this is ensuring that proportionate assurance processes are in place for both existing and new roles.

As my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced on the Department’s Talk Health and Care online platform on Friday 12 October, we will be introducing statutory regulation for physician associates and physicians’ assistants (anesthesia). In taking this forward, we will look to develop a framework to which other Medical Associate Professions could be added at a later date as the case arises.

The Department will be publishing its full response to the consultation shortly.

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