§ 18. Ms. Armstrong
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Health Service personnel are trained by the private sector.
§ Mr. Mellor
Precise figures are unavailable. It is known that while little basic professional training takes place in the private sector, there is a range of in-house 597W post-registration training from which the NHS benefits if staff move back into the service. Representatives from the Department and the private sector have recently agreed to a joint working group with the aim of increasing the total stock of skilled staff available to both sectors.