HC Deb 02 December 2002 vol 395 cc613-4W
Mr. Boswell

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action his Department will take to implement the conclusions of the second summit on latex allergy. [83943]

Mr. Hutton

The information on closed lists is not held centrally.

We are committed to expanding the primary care work force both through national and local initiatives. The London work force development confederation has introduced a number of specific programmes to expand the GP work force in London by 225 general practitioners. These include: The London Deanery's successful expansion of the number of training places in GP practices for GP Registrars. This year there are an additional 51 training places for GPs in London. Primary care trusts will be able to build on this success by setting up new and more flexible contracts for newly qualified GPs. More flexible career opportunities, particularly those designed to retain GPs close to retirement age, are also being put into place by London PCTs including a flexible career scheme which will commence shortly, designed to attract GPs back into practice for part-time working. A London wide international recruitment scheme which will commence in 2003 to build on the successful recruitment of 17 French GPs in South East London.