§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from what central source funding is made available for flexible training schemes for trainee doctors wishing to pursue a career in general practice; how many places each year are made available on such schemes; how many who have completed their pre-registration year and have been selected for general practice training are on a waiting list; what proportion of these are women; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ancram
Funding for flexible training of trainee doctors wishing to pursue a career in general practice is provided by the Department of Health and Social Services through the Central Services Agency. The number of places available for flexible training is not fixed. There is no waiting list. There are currently 27 females and 19 males in vocational training for general practice of whom one person, a female, is currently in flexible training.
The Department are committed to encouraging flexible training and funds initiatives particularly in specialities with female under-representation. The Northern Ireland Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education ensures that all trainees are aware of the option for flexible training.