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Doctors: Palestinians

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th April 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many successful applications there have been for the Medical Training Initiative from applicants from the Occupied Palestinian Territories in each month since January 2018.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to work with (a) the NHS and (b) universities to increase the number of places available on the International Surgical Training Programme for trauma surgeons from Gaza.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people from the Occupied Palestinian Territories have travelled to the UK to take part in the International Surgical Training Programme since the start of 2018.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people from Gaza have travelled to the UK to take part in the International Surgical Training Programme since the start of 2018.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Medical Training Initiative (MTI), within which the International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP) operates, enables up to 1,000 international medical and dental graduates per year to enter the United Kingdom to experience training and development in the National Health Service for up to two years before returning to their home country.

Applicants are prioritised if they are from countries on the Department for International Development approved priority list and Lower Income and Lower Middle Income priority countries.

The information is not held by the Department in the format requested. However, the following table shows the total number of successful applicants from the Occupied Palestinian Territories to the MTI between April 2017 and December 2018 by headcount.

Total number of successful applicants from the Occupied Palestinian Territories to the MTI between April 2017 and December 2018 headcount

Total number of successful applicants from the Occupied Palestinian Territories to the MTI

April 2017 to March in 2018

-

April 2018 to December 2018

-

Source: Academy of Medical Royal Colleges internal management information

Notes:

“-“ indicates a number between one and ten that has been suppressed for confidentiality reasons

The Department has regular discussions with both the National Health Service and higher education institutions on a range of policy initiatives. The ISTP is run by the Royal College of Surgeons, and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has oversight in its role as the organising body behind the MTI, of which the ISTP forms part. As such, any decision allocation of places on the ISTP will necessarily be developed by the institution(s) running the programme in the first instance.

Information on the number of people from the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Gaza that have travelled to the UK to take part in the ISTP since the start of 2018 is not held centrally.

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