In 2006-07 the Department decided to issue the education and training (MPET) budget, which provides a significant contribution to hospital training grade doctor budgets, as part of a bundle of central budgets to strategic health authorities (SHAs). The bundle included money to fund workforce programmes, the quality and outcomes framework, clinical excellence awards as well as other miscellaneous programmes. This has provided the SHAs with the maximum flexibility to determine locally their own priorities, including investment in education and training.
The MPET budget was not cut in the 2006-07 allocations, in fact, allowing for inflation, it was broadly similar to the level of funding in 2005-06. However, within the overall resources allocated, it is up to each SHA to determine their own priorities including how much is invested in education and training.
The NHS South East Coast reports that it has agreed a reduction across all devolved central budgets, including MPET. Although the SHA has identified budgets that will receive a reduced allocation, it has not been prescriptive in terms of how the savings are made.