HC Deb 12 March 1999 vol 327 c421W
Dr. Godman

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what is the capacity for expansion of existing medical schools to accommodate additional medical places required by the NHS; and if he will make a statement; [75454]

(2) if he will make a statement on the capacity for clinical positions for students at medical schools. [75452]

Mr. Galbraith

Current work force planning for the NHS in Scotland does not require a change in the level of intake for medical schools. There is therefore currently no need to expend the capacity of medical schools in Scotland.

There is sufficient provision for clinical positions for the current level of students at medical schools in Scotland. The NHS in Scotland will be able to meet changes in the demand for clinical positions arising from changes in the curriculum or future changes in the number of students.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.