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Doctors: Training

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are taken to ensure that junior doctors (Foundation Year 2 and Senior House Officer) working in paediatrics complete a certified paediatric life support course before being on call in Northern Ireland. (133701)

If, under local clinical governance arrangements, the completion of a certified life support course is a requirement for Foundation year 2 and Senior House Officers working in paediatrics, this should be supported by the Trust.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the ratio of speciality training to fixed term speciality training appointments is by speciality in Northern Ireland. (133704)

The current ratio of speciality training posts to fixed term speciality training posts is set out in the following table. These figures will be subject to further change through the reallocation of 20 fixed term speciality training posts to GP training posts.

Speciality

Speciality training posts

Fixed term speciality training posts

Ratio

Acute care

26

22

1:1.18

Anaesthetics

22

0

General Practice

67

0

General Medicine

98

67

1:1.46

Obs and Gynae

22

27

0.8:1

Ophthalmology

7

2

3.5:1

Oral and Maxillo-facial surgery

1

0

Paediatrics

40

18

2.22:1

Pathology

6

0

Psychiatry in General

45

26

1:1.73

Radiology

6

0

Surgery

43

68

1.58:1

Neurosurgery

3

1

1:0.33

Total

386

231

1:1.67

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to ensure that electronic signatures are verified before assessments are entered on the online NHS eportfolio for junior doctors in Northern Ireland. (133707)

An eportfolio is individually password protected and Trainees are also required to sign a probity declaration.