Allergies

Department of Health written question – answered on 21st July 2017.

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Photo of Jon Cruddas Jon Cruddas Labour, Dagenham and Rainham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that health visitors, midwives, community doctors and nurses are allergy-aware.

Photo of Jon Cruddas Jon Cruddas Labour, Dagenham and Rainham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information his Department holds on the level of knowledge which doctors are expected to have on allergies; and whether that level of knowledge is tested both at undergraduate and postgraduate level examinations.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department does not set curricula for the education and training of the health and social care workforce and therefore does not hold the information requested.

The standards around the education of healthcare professions are set by the appropriate regulatory body. In the case of doctors this is the General Medical Council (GMC), while the Nursing and Midwifery Council sets the standards for the education of nurses and midwives, including health visitors.

The GMC sets the educational standards for all United Kingdom doctors through undergraduate and postgraduate education and training. It ensures that this reflects the needs of patients, medical students and doctors in training, and the healthcare systems across the UK.

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