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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 March (WA97-8), whether they consider that the number of United Kingdom medical graduates needed to fill current vacancies has been underestimated; what are the current skill shortages in this area identified by the Migration Advisory Committee; and whether they will review university medical school place numbers.
The non-consultant, non-training, medical staff posts recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and subsequently agreed by government for inclusion on the tier 2 shortage occupation list (SOL) effective from April 2011 were in the following specialties: anaesthetics, paediatrics and general medicine specialities delivering acute care services. In addition paediatrics at speciality training level 4 was also recommended.
The MAC has now begun a review of the United Kingdom labour market following a commission from the Government in order to recommend occupations and job titles to be added to and removed from the tier 2 UK and Scotland shortage occupation list.