RCP Council met this week to discuss the request for an EGM in relation to physician associates.
In line with our byelaws Council has agreed to proceed with holding an EGM within 8 weeks, the exact date to be confirmed as soon as possible. In the meantime, we have contacted the original petitioners to finalise the wording of the motion(s) for debate. The motion(s) and background papers will be shared with voting fellows at least two weeks before the EGM.
While our byelaws restrict voting to RCP fellows only, we recognise the strength of feeling that exists among some RCP members. To ensure that all our subscribing physician members have an opportunity to share their views, a survey will be commissioned with the results forming papers to be distributed ahead of the EGM. Ballot voting will open for fellows immediately following the EGM debate. The EGM will be open to the full physician membership to view.
Our consensus statement and latest bulletin make clear the RCP’s position on physician associates. In summary, RCP Council is supportive of PAs but is clear that they are not a replacement for doctors; rather, they are supplementary members of the multidisciplinary team. The RCP is determined to use all the levers we have to improve NHS working environments, the design and delivery of training, and the retention of all doctors.