HC Deb 03 April 1985 vol 76 cc631-2W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his policy regarding hospitals accepting students from American medical schools for training purposes; whether such entry can occur with lower entry requirements than for British students; if capacity for British students to occupy National Health Service training places is reduced as a result; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

We are committed to providing National Health Service clinical training facilities for undergraduates students admitted to British medical schools under criteria set by academic authorities. We have no responsibility for students from other medical schools with unknown entry requirements. However, we

Marital status 1979 1980 1981 1982
thousands per cent. thousands per cent. thousands per cent. thousands per cent.
Lone mother 89 88 89 89
Single 16 18 19 19
Widowed 16 14 14 13
Divorced 34 35 37 38
Separated 21 21 19 19
Lone father 11 12 11 11
Total 840 870 900 930

The percentage distributions according to marital status are derived from the general household survey by averaging the results for three years, centred on the year indicated.

would expect health authorities involved in any such arrangements to observe the overriding obligations of patient care and certainly not to incur any additional costs on public funds. We have no present reason to suppose that undergraduate students from British medical schools have been deprived of appropriate clinical training, but we shall monitor the situation.