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Doctors: Training

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings she has held with the British Medical Association on the operation of the medical training application system. (125094)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the British Medical Association to evaluate the selection process for junior doctors. (129339)

[holding answer 7 March 2007]: My right. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health met representatives from the British Medical Association (BMA) on 28 February and 14 March.

The Secretary of State and my noble Friend the Minister of State, Lord Hunt, also met Dr. Sam Everington, Deputy Chairman of Council, Dr. Jo Hilborne, chair, Junior Doctor's Committee, Dr Jonathan Fielden, chair, Consultants Committee and Ms Sally Watson, director of representational and political activities on 24 May.

In addition the Secretary of State had phone calls with the BMA on 8 March, 9 and 16 May.

Lord Hunt met James Johnson, chairman of the BMA on 2 May.

There have also been a series of official level meetings with representatives from the BMA on modernising medical careers (MMC) since 1 February.

The selection process for MMC, including the medical training application system computer system, were discussed at all of these meetings and phone calls.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 14 May 2007, Official Report, columns 583W, on doctors: training, whether the report into the breach of security of the Medical Training Application Service website will address the question of whether Methods were instructed to issue a password by her Department. (138374)

The Department’s internal security report has already confirmed that a password was not introduced to protect the data, despite the Medical Training Application Service contract specifying that access would be controlled by a system of file privileges requiring an allocated username and password.