asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his policy regarding hospitals accepting students from American medical schools for training purposes; whether such entry can occur with lower entry requirements than for British students; if capacity for British students to occupy National Health Service training places is reduced as a result; and if he will make a statement.
We are committed to providing National Health Service clinical training facilities for undergraduates students admitted to British medical schools under criteria set by academic authorities. We have no responsibility for students from other medical schools with unknown entry requirements. However, we
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would expect health authorities involved in any such arrangements to observe the overriding obligations of patient care and certainly not to incur any additional costs on public funds. We have no present reason to suppose that undergraduate students from British medical schools have been deprived of appropriate clinical training, but we shall monitor the situation.