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Defining physician associate roles, a GP Uber driver, Welsh GPs near industrial action

Season 4, Ep. 32

Emma and Nick discuss the debate that’s raging about the use of physician associates in the NHS after the BMA issued new guidance on the tasks PAs should and shouldn’t be doing and the RCGP updated its red lines on the use of PAs in general practice.

They also talk again about the struggles GPs are facing finding work as the financial pressures in general practice continue to bite, as well as the results of a new BMA survey of GP registrars about their future career intentions.

And they look at what happened at the Welsh LMCs conference recently where GPs called for the BMA to move towards industrial action by GPs in Wales - and also what’s going on in England as we head towards the end of the referendum on the GP contract there.

This episode was presented by GPonline editor Emma Bower and deputy editor Nick Bostock. It was produced by Czarina Deen.

Useful links

Physician associates must never see undifferentiated patients, BMA safety advice warns

RCGP expands 'red lines' on use of physician associates in general practice

NHS promises clear safety advice for GPs on physician associate role

Qualified GP driving for Uber amid chronic shortage of jobs

Just two in five GP registrars plan to work in UK general practice, devastating poll reveals

Welsh LMCs push for industrial action as ministers warned not to 'devalue general practice'

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