HC Deb 30 January 1998 vol 305 cc430-1W
Mr. Welsh

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those graduating with degrees in medicine and dentistry in (i) 1975, (ii) 1980, (iii) 1985, (iv) 1990, (v) 1995 and (vi) 1997 are now(a) not employed in the field of medicine or dentistry, (b) employed in the public sector, (c) employed in the private sector and (d) employed in both public and private sectors. [26524]

Mr. Milburn

Information is not available in the form requested.

Evidence on doctors' career patterns is available from studies published in 1991 by Professor James Parkhouse. This gives the results of surveys of doctors who qualified in 1974, 1977, 1980 and 1983. The Department has commissioned further cohort studies of doctors' careers by the United Kingdom Medical Careers Research Group (MCRG) at the Oxford Unit of Health-Care Epidemiology. These are examining career patterns of doctors who qualified in 1988, 1993 and 1996, as well as some of the cohorts surveyed originally by Professor Parkhouse. Data from the original studies are given in the table.

Changing patterns of retention—five years after qualification
Not practising medicine Not practising medicine in the UK
Year of cohort Qualification Size Number Percentage Number Percentage
1974 2,346 208 8.8 398 17.0
1977 3,128 186 5.9 405 12.9
1980 3,418 228 6.7 350 10.2
1983 3,841 202 5.3 339 8.8
1988 3,731 307 8.2 513 13.7


UK Medical Careers Research Group.