Anaesthesia Associates and Physician Associates: Regulation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd September 2022.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee), Shadow Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Whip), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2022 to Question 7493 on Anaesthesia Associates and Physician Associates: Regulation, if she will set out a timetable for bringing forward legislative proposals on the regulation of physician associates and anaesthesia associates; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We plan to publish the public consultation on the draft legislation which will enable the General Medical Council (GMC) to regulate physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) in the autumn. Following this consultation, we will finalise the legislation to be laid in the second half of 2023, subject to Parliamentary time. The GMC will then develop and implement its rules and processes for regulating PAs and AAs within 12 months, enabling regulation to commence in the second half of 2024.

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