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Health written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to reduce the time taken in allocating jobs to newly-qualified doctors.

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

The United Kingdom Foundation Programme Office is responsible for defining the national application process and timetable. Key influences on timing are the dates on which UK medical schools announce results for final medical degree examinations and the dates on which the General Medical Council schedules examinations to ensure international medical graduates demonstrate they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practise medicine in the UK. Everyone involved in the national application process makes every endeavour to ensure that medical graduates know where they will be working at the earliest date possible.

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