HC Deb 27 April 1976 vol 910 cc72-3W
19 Mr. Michael Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans he has to encourage United Kingdom-trained doctors serving abroad to return to the National Health Service.

Mr. Ennals

There are arrangements for health authorities to pay the expenses of British-trained doctors attending interviews, and to pay the travel expenses for them and their families when they take up a post. Authorities may also advertise posts overseas in certain cases. I should add that several hundred British doctors return to this country each year without any special arrangements being made.

25. Mr. Brittan

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how he plans to encourage more United Kingdom-trained doctors to practise in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Ennals

The great majority of United Kingdom-trained doctors already practise in this country and the programme of medical school expansion provides the capacity to increase these numbers.