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Doctors: Career Structure

Health written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many Foundation Year 1 and Year 2 training places are available for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; how many junior doctors have applied for those places; and how many of those are (i) UK residents, (ii) European Economic Area residents and (iii) non-European Economic Area residents;

(2) how many (a) applications and (b) places there are for junior doctors in Foundation Year 1 in 2008-09, broken down by specialty;

(3) whether all the 2008 Foundation Year candidates for (a) genito-urinary medicine and (b) sexually transmitted infection posts will be offered posts.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The Foundation Programme is a two-year generic training programme for junior doctors consisting of foundation year 1 and foundation year 2. The programme comprises the training stage between medical school and specialist/general practice training. There are no specific specialist foundation programmes.

For the 2008 national recruitment round, foundation year 1 posts were advertised as part of the two-year Foundation Programme. Successful applicants to the two-year Foundation Programme automatically move from foundation year 1 to foundation year 2 on achieving the required competencies.

Stand-alone foundation year 2 posts are advertised and filled locally. Information on these posts is not collected centrally.

Analysis of the latest figures for the 2008-09 national recruitment from the UK Foundation Programme Office, which runs the national recruitment to foundation programmes, indicates that there were 7,159 eligible applicants and 7,248 foundation programmes in the United Kingdom.

Recruitment to 2009 foundation programmes has not begun. Data are not yet available on the number of programmes or applicants. Current planning indicates that there should be sufficient Foundation Programme 1 places to match the output from medical schools in England, plus around 5 per cent. of additional places.

Information is not collected on the residency status of applicants to the Foundation Programme.

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