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Medicine: Education

Health written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Heidi Alexander Heidi Alexander Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department plans to allocate to postgraduate medical education during the comprehensive spending review period.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Although funding for postgraduate medical education forms part of the wider multi professional education and training (MPET) budget, it is not a separate funding stream. This is in order to provide strategic health authorities (SHAs) with flexibility to address local workforce priorities within the national framework set out in the education and training service level agreement between SHAs and the Department.

In 2011-12, the MPET budget is £4.9 billion. The cash budgets for MPET in 2012-13 will be maintained at the level of this financial year. The level of funding for the remainder of the comprehensive spending review has not yet been confirmed but will reflect the ongoing requirements of the national health service workforce.

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