Doctors: Training

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Helen Morgan Helen Morgan Liberal Democrat, North Shropshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are sufficient training posts available for newly qualified doctors.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

All medical undergraduate students can access a foundation programme training post and those due to begin foundation training in 2022/23 have been allocated places. After foundation training, a medical doctor can apply to enter specialty training. In 2021, the fill rate for training posts was 99.2% across all specialties, following a 35% increase in applications. For those who have applied to begin training in 2022, Health Education England is investing in more than 750 additional training posts across all specialty programmes.

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