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Non-Ec Doctors And Dentists

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what changes have been made to the 1985 circular HC FP(85)14 on the employment of doctors and dentists from non-EC countries in relation to permit-free training status for the purpose of postgraduate training in hospitals; and if she will make a statement;(2) what instruction has been given to health authorities on whether work permits for doctors from non-EC countries should be issued for training grade posts after the expiry of the permit-free four-year period.

No changes have been made to circular HC(FP)(85)14; nor have any instructions been given to health authorities in relation to the issue of work permits for training grade posts. Some parts of the guidance in HC(FP)(85)14 are under review, and will shortly be the subject of consultation with interested parties.