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The DHSC's role in the changing of Physician Assistant to Physician Associate.

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

The Faculty of Physician Associates, formerly known as the UK Association of Physician Assistants, has claimed that their change of name from "Physician Assistant" to "Physician Associate" was due to advice from the DHSC that it wouldn't be possible to regulate their NHS job role under their former title.

I am requesting ALL emails, minutes etc. between the DHSC and the FPA/UKAPA going back indefinitely.

I am also requesting ALL emails, minutes etc. referring to PA regulation.

I am also requesting an answer to the question:

"Did the DHSC advise UKAPA to change their name from "Assistant" to "Associate" because it wouldn't be possible to regulate an Assistant role?"

Yours faithfully,

Dr B Lee

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Dr Lee,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1505860).

Yours sincerely, 

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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