§ 18. Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the management skills of senior national health service personnel. 
§ Mr. Milburn
It is vital that the National Health Service continues to invest systematically in developing senior managers and leaders.
Major development programmes making a significant contribution to developing the skills of senior managers in the NHS include a new Chief Executive Development programme, a Senior Manager Career Development Service, the well established NHS Management Training Scheme and the Management Education Scheme by Open Learning.