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Doctors: Vacancies

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS posts available for F2 doctors are training posts; and how many vacancies are short fixed-term contracts. (129081)

On Medical Training Application Service as at 19 April there were 7,687 specialist training level 1 (ST1) posts available for foundation level 2 (F2) doctors, of these 6,058 are for run-through and 1,529 are for fixed term specialist training appointments (FTSTA). FTSTAs are also training posts.

The further recruitment round will contain an estimated 302 additional FTSTAs and general practitioner training posts, but it is not yet possible to identify which of these will be at ST1 level.

For those who have successfully completed the Modernising Medical Careers foundation training programme and who demonstrate their ability to progress, there will be still further new training programmes through one-year fixed term appointments. We are asking the Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board to expedite the approval of these programmes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of F2 doctors who have been trained but who will not have an NHS post from August. (129119)

Deaneries are currently making Round 1 offers to applicants. When this process is complete we will then be able to estimate the likely numbers of F2 doctors who will not secure a specialty training place at the end of the process (Rounds 1 and 2).

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written statement of 15 May 2007, Official Report, columns 30-31WS, on medical training (recruitment), how many and what proportion of jobs will go into round two; if she will allow doctors who could not or who mistakenly did not apply for round one to be considered for round two; whether an applicant may delay responding to a round one offer from a second choice until she or he has heard from the first choice; and how the results of the additional interviews which have been arranged as part of round one will be integrated with the results of the original round one interviews. (138184)

It is not yet clear how many jobs will go into the further recruitment round as not all job offers have been made and accepted from the first round. The applicant guidance makes clear that the further recruitment round will be restricted to those applicants who have enrolled on Medical Training Application Service and have either declined all offers made to them in round one, have accepted a fixed-term specialty training appointment but would like to apply for a run-through post, or who have not been successful in the first round.

Up to the 10 June deadline, applicants were able to delay responding to a round one offer to see if another offer was made. Offers of posts after 11 June and before 22 June must be accepted or declined within a 48-hour period.

Deaneries integrated the results of the original round one interviews and the further interviews on a local basis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, columns 613-7, on the Medical Training Application Service, how many GP training posts are being filled in the UK. (138801)

In the United Kingdom, there are 3,864 general practice posts being filled by the Medical Training Application Service system. An additional 3,450 general practitioner (GP) posts (for GPs already working in a training environment) were filled outside MTAS, creating a total of 7,314 GP training posts in the UK.