§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the equal opportunities guidance from the Department of Health management executive requires the completion of a job description prior to(a) advertising, (b) interviewing or (c) appointing persons to a post within a hospital or medical school.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Departmental guidance EL(91)71, a copy of which is available in the Library, recommends that job descriptions should be issued to members of all hospital appointments committees to provide an objective basis for shortlisting and interviewing. Appointments to medical school posts are made by universities, which are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education.