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Doctors: Careers Structure

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether any changes have been made to the (a) terms and (b) value of the Medical Training Application Service contract with Methods Consulting Ltd in light of the alterations to the scope of the project since the security breaches earlier in 2007; and whether any compensation has been paid by Methods Consulting Ltd in respect of breach of contract conditions; (163172)

(2) what the cost has been of the Medical Training Application System, including (a) its implementation, (b) the remedial action taken and (c) the reviews which were commissioned on the matter; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 12 November 2007]: The total cost of the Medical Training Application System (MTAS), including set up, was £1.9 million in 2006-07. The estimated cost of the system over five years is £6.3 million.

There is a continuing and ongoing need for this service. For instance, it is being used by Deaneries to track offers. The supplier has made appropriate changes to the security arrangements at their own expense.

The Modernising Medical Careers team has worked closely with the MTAS suppliers, Methods, to ensure that previous problems have been appropriately managed.