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Defence Medical Services

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new recruits to the Defence Medical Services have been signed up under the Golden Hello scheme; what the comparable inflow rates were for the previous six months; and if he will make a statement. [119009]

[holding answer 18 June 2003]: As at 11 June 2003, three vocationally trained General Medical Practitioners (GMPs) and two consultants had joined the Defence Medical Services (DMS) under the Golden Hello scheme. In addition, six vocationally trained GMPs and one consultant have been accepted into the DMS, but have not yet joined their Service, and 18 GMPs and five consultants are awaiting selection interviews.In the six months prior to the introduction of the Golden Hello scheme, two consultants in the eligible specialties were recruited into the DMS.