Medicine: Education

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd November 2015.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the taxpayer is of training someone to become a doctor in the UK.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 08 July 2015.

The correct answer should have been:

The Department does not hold information on the average cost to the taxpayer of training someone to become a doctor in the United Kingdom.

The Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent estimates within their report ‘Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2014’, published March 2014, that the average cost in 2013/14 2014/15 of training to become a general practitioner is £485,390 with the consultant training cost being £726,551. These figures reflect the pre-registration costs of tuition, living expenses/lost production and clinical placements and the post-graduate costs of tuition and replacement costs not the average cost to the taxpayer.

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Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department does not hold information on the average cost to the taxpayer of training someone to become a doctor in the United Kingdom.

The Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent estimates within their report ‘Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2014’, published March 2014, that the average cost in 2013/14 2014/15 of training to become a general practitioner is £485,390 with the consultant training cost being £726,551. These figures reflect the pre-registration costs of tuition, living expenses/lost production and clinical placements and the post-graduate costs of tuition and replacement costs not the average cost to the taxpayer.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

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