HC Deb 20 October 1994 vol 248 cc311-2W
Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received concerning the funding of flexible training for qualification as general practitioners; how many places are currently funded by the grants from his 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 he has to increase funding for the training; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood

The Welsh Office has received one representation. 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 held centrally on the numbers undertaking vocational training for general practice whether on a full or part-time basis. There is no central waiting list. The general practice component of the vocational training scheme for full-time and part-time trainees is funded from the non cash-limited general medical services budget and paid by the family health services authority. Expenditure on trainee practitioner salaries in 1993–94 was in the order of £3.4 million.

Part-time hospital training posts are funded from the postgraduate dean's flexible training scheme budget, which funds all part-time junior grade hospital doctors' posts. The current annual budget is £235,000 which supports 14 posts.

At present there are no vocational training scheme trainees undertaking part-time hospital training. There are 13 women doctors waiting for placements under the flexible training scheme, three of whom are GP vocational trainees.

I will be considering the extension of this scheme in the context of this year's public expenditure review.