HC Deb 13 January 1987 vol 108 c178W
Mr. Willie W. Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will initiate an urgent review of the extent and effects of the continued and increasing emigration of the top medical personnel; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Newton

Some movement of doctors between countries, for instance to pursue postgraduate training and research, is to be expected. The available evidence suggests that the net outflow of United Kingdom medical graduates is substantially less than it was in the 1960s and 1970s. The evidence will be examined by the Second Advisory Committee on Medical Manpower Planning, which my right hon. Friend, in consultation with the other United Kingdom Health Ministers, has established to consider likely developments in the supply of, and demand for, medical manpower in the United Kingdom. We will be considering the implications in the light of the committee's advice.