§ 9. Mr. Thompson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what preparations he is making to meet the need for additional pre-registration posts in medicine and surgery for students who will graduate from the University of Glasgow in 1977.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Harry Ewing)
Discussions with the universities and health authorities have been taking place on both a Great Britain and a Scottish basis, to consider the various possibilities.
§ Mr. Thompson
Will the Minister confirm that he will meet out of central funds the necessary finance to provide the extra posts and accommodation that will be required?
§ Mr. Ewing
Our early examination of this problem has shown that there is no need for the additional finance to be provided from central funds. This is not part of the problem. The problem really is that next year at Glasgow University the first of the five-year curriculum students and the last of the six-year curriculum students will be graduating. The requirement is to find posts for them. It has nothing to do with the need to provide additional resources from public funds.