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 Earl Howe Earl Howe Shadow Minister, Health 11:14 am, 18th December 2008

My Lords, will the Minister concede that the problem over the past few years has been that workforce planning has been something of a mess? As my noble friend said, there is a shortage of consultants in key specialties, yet there is an oversupply of doctors who have competed their basic training but who cannot find a consultant's job. What specific measures are the Government taking to address that?