NHS plans rapid expansion of 'doctor's assistant' jobs
22 August 2014 Last updated at 20:57 BST
The NHS is to rapidly expand the number of people in "doctor's assistant" roles.
The Department of Health said the medics - known as physician associates - allowed busy doctors to spend more time with patients.
However, some concern has been raised that the more junior posts will be used to replace more expensive doctors, damaging care.
Hugh Pym reports.