‘Cut-price’ medics lured to the NHS from the US with promises of long holidays touring Europe ‘Cut-price’ medics are being lured to the UK from the United States with promises of long holidays touring Europe, in a bid to plug widespread staffing shortages.
The NHS is attempting to train or recruit up to 3,200 “physician associates” who can carry out minor operations and carry out ward rounds, after just two years' training.
Medical leaders have issued new guidance in order to expand the programme, amid shortages of medics.
The new role is not supposed to substitute for a doctor, though the associates can carry out some of the tasks they normally do. The Daily Telegraph