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Doctors: Career Structure

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2007, Official Report, column 452W, on doctors’ training, how many junior doctors in the first round of applications were told in error that they had received a training place; and what actions were taken by deaneries to ensure that this did not occur. (154214)

The number of applicants told in error is not held centrally. The Department understands that it was a small number and that deaneries contacted the doctors to notify them of the situation. It is a matter for deaneries to manage the appointment process.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors did not receive job offers in the first round of medical training applications; and what percentage of applicants this represented. (154275)

In England, there were 27,800 eligible applicants for 15,554 training posts. At the end of Round 1, 85 per cent. of posts were filled. 13,168 applicants had accepted posts, leaving 14,632 who had either not received an offer or had not accepted an offer. The information held centrally does not distinguish between those who received an offer but did not accept it and those who did not receive any offer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support will be offered to doctors who do not receive a training place in either the first or second round of recruitment in order to safeguard their future careers. (154276)

We have prepared a package of support for those doctors who are appointable to a training post, but who are not successful in finding one by the end of round 2. This package of support includes additional training and educational opportunities. This comprises:

Access to career information about future training options via local deaneries. Applicants who are already in national health service employment will also be able to access career support from their employer.

About 1,000 extra one-year and general practitioner training posts which will become available for unsuccessful applicants at the end of round 2.

Educational bursaries, so that appointable but unsuccessful applicants who are in NHS service posts can pursue their clinical education and improve their chances of successfully applying for specialty training next year.

In addition, we have agreed that all foundation programme graduates (F2) who are unsuccessful at the end of round 2 will receive a formal career interview which will determine their eligibility for the extra one-year posts and educational grants offered in ‘clearing’.

Also, we have opened up discussions with the British Medical Association, the Academy of Royal Colleges and other representatives of the medical profession to discuss whether there is any risk that high academic achievers may be missed by the end of the recruitment process, and if so, how we can avoid that happening.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of junior doctor training posts, unfilled after the first round of job offers, have been temporarily filled by doctors on short-term contracts. (154318)

The information requested is not held centrally. It is for the local national health service to fill any vacant posts appropriately.