What happened to the plan to introduce Physician Assistants into the Army? I believe there were plans to send selected CMTs to Canada for training a few years back but nothing appears to have come of it. Only asking because the Government has just announced plans to introduce Medical Care Practitioners (ie Physician Assistants) into the NHS. MCPs will be a new breed of health professional performing similar duties to junior doctors under consultant supervision. The new role of Medical Care Practitioner means that after rigorous additional training and under the continuous supervision of a physician, healthcare professionals will be able to: Obtain full medical histories and perform appropriate physical examinations such as breast checks Diagnose, manage and treat illnesses within their competence such as depression, gout and eczema Request diagnostic tests such as ECGs and interpret the results Provide patient education and preventative healthcare advice regarding medication, common problems and disease management such as diabetes care, chronic respiratory conditions and angina Prescribe medications as appropriate Decide on appropriate referral to, and liaison with, other professionals.