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Doctors: Vacancies

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many posts were available for trainee (a) doctors and (b) physiotherapists in the NHS in each of the last five years. (185317)

The number of places available for trainee doctors in the national health service was not collected centrally prior to 2007. In 2007, 5,020 foundation programmes were filled through the Medical Training Service in England. This was in addition to posts that were filled locally.

In 2008, 5,900 places on Foundation Programmes in England have been advertised on the Application Modernising Medical Careers Service. In addition, approximately 300 academic programmes have been recruited to separately.

There are no trainee places for physiotherapists in the NHS. The number of qualified physiotherapists employed in the NHS is 19,820 (as at 30 September 2006) this is an increase of 5,577 or 39 per cent. since September 1997.