The Department of Health and Social Care has recently told the General Medical Council (GMC) that the earliest possible start date for regulation will now be the second half of 2024.
On the GMC’s website, Clare Barton, Assistant Director of Medical Associate Professionals, wrote:
“…we’re working closely with the Faculty of Physician Associates and Association of Anaesthesia Associates, as we all prepare for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to introduce the legislation needed for regulation to begin.
“The Department has recently let us know it has revised the timeline for introducing this legislation. This means the earliest possible start date for regulation will now be the second half of 2024.
“We understand that PAs and AAs will be disappointed at this news. But we welcome the UK government’s commitment to introduce regulation of these important professions. Their next step, a consultation on the draft legislation, is expected to take place in autumn this year. After that consultation concludes, we understand that Ministers expect to lay the final legislation in parliament in the second half of 2023. It is only at that point that we’ll be able to consult on the detailed rules for how our new regulatory powers will operate; and finalise how we’ll introduce these in practice. We aim to complete our process within 12 months of the legislation being laid.
“We continue to do everything possible to support the Department to develop and consult on the legislation to ensure it delivers on shared ambitions for flexible and proportionate regulation. We’re looking forward to adding PAs and AAs to our register and appreciate the pivotal role they play across the health services.”