Health: Physicians — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:14 am on 18th December 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Gardner of Parkes Baroness Gardner of Parkes Conservative 11:14 am, 18th December 2008

My Lords, it is clear from the supplementary question that the questioner used the word "physicians" to mean doctors in general, because that is the table he cited. I would like to turn to the specific point about physicians, and, in particular, consultant physicians. Is the Minister aware that, as a country, we are unfortunately reaching the point that when you go to see a consultant, you are looked at as a kidney, a toe or some individual organ? There is a great need for more general consultant physicians in the UK. Will she do whatever she can to encourage the training and education of more consultant physicians?