18 May 2023

College responds to consultation on reforming healthcare regulatory framework

We have responded to the Department of Health and Social Care consultation on 'Regulating anaesthesia associates and physician associates.'


We have commented on new draft legislation allowing the GMC to regulate anaesthesia associates and physician associates. The resultant legislation will act as a template for the future optical regulation reform. We are supportive of a reform with the aim to deliver a consistent, flexible and modern system of regulation for health and care professionals across the UK. However, we have recommended that any changes to this legislation should allow each regulator enough flexibility to fulfil their functions and duties, and to adapt to the needs and specificities of each profession they are regulating.

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