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Overseas Doctors Association

Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he last met the Overseas Doctors Association: what was discussed; and if he will make a statement.

Ministers from this Department have met the Overseas Doctors Association on several occasions. My right hon. Friend has not yet met the association but is scheduled to do so shortly.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations he has received from the Overseas Doctors Association about its financial position.

The Department provides an annual grant to the Overseas Doctors Association under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act 1968. The level of the grant is periodically reviewed. We are not aware of having received any representations from the association about its financial position.

of its operation showing, as far as possible (a) the total number of claims and payments made, (b) the extent of overpayment and underpayment by employers, (c) total expenditure on the scheme, (d) a breakdown of this expenditure between statutory sick pay payments and administrative costs and (e) an estimate of the costs of statutory sick pay payments net of tax and national insurance revenue.

[pursuant to his reply, 5 May 1987, c. 370]: Information to enable an analysis to be provided in :he detail requested is not readily available and could be produced only at disproportionate cost. The available information is shown in the table.