HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 cc131-2W
Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received concerning the funding of flexible training schemes for qualification as a general practitioner; how many places are currently funded by grants from her Department; how many people are on the waiting list who have already completed their pre-registration year; how many women returners have entered their names on to the waiting list; what proposals she has to increase funding; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Malone

No such representations have been received. The only scheme for training in general practice is the vocational training scheme, within which there is scope for trainees to work part time. No figures are available centrally on the numbers taking this option or waiting to do so, or for people wishing to return to training after a break. Full-time and part-time trainees' salaries are wholly funded by the family health services authority for the general practice component of vocational training. The postgraduate dean funds 100 per cent. of the basic salary costs of part-time senior house officers in hospital. There are no proposals to increase funding for part-time trainees.