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Modernising Medical Careers

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether consideration is being given to delaying the implementation of Modernising Medical Careers; and if she will list the bodies which have requested her to do so; (95315)

(2) whether it is planned under Modernising Medical Careers to conduct induction training for all doctors below consultant grade on 1 to 3 August 2007.

We expect all national health service employers to provide newly-employed doctors and other staff with induction training when they take up post. August has traditionally been a time when doctors in training change jobs.

This was the case under Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) when we successfully launched the foundation programme in August 2005. In August 2007, we will begin the introduction of new specialty training programmes. We plan to help NHS trusts to manage the transition to the new programmes by phasing the take-up of places in new programmes over a period to coincide with existing trainees completing training and leaving current training programmes.

MMC is a major initiative aimed to improve both patient care and doctors' training. For this reason it is subject to significant governance processes involving both the Department and the NHS. We are satisfied that MMC is proceeding satisfactorily and we do not consider it necessary to delay it. I understand that the Junior Doctors’ Committee has voiced a number of concerns in the press, though they have not made a direct approach. Departmental officials have met with their representatives to discuss these concerns and are keen to engage further with all stakeholders to ensure smooth implementation of MMC.