The recent report of the Working Party on Sexual Misconduct in Surgery made sobering reading for us all. The sad fact is that toxic behaviours have been tolerated for far too long in medicine. This is not a problem confined to surgery; as physicians, we must also shine a light on misogyny.
The NHS is on life support. The GMC’s National Training Survey found that two thirds of trainees are at high or moderate risk of burnout and the recent RCP census confirmed the large number of doctors grappling with overwhelming service demand and staffing shortages.
The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) and Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recognise that there are many questions regarding the role of physician associates (PAs), a role established in the UK 2 decades ago.