HEALTH – TRAINING POSTS FOR JUNIOR DOCTORS – 1 May 2007
Dr Julian Lewis: Why do junior doctors have to declare their sexual orientation in making their applications in this competition, and will the Secretary of State give a categorical assurance that any junior doctor who declines to do so, in the light of the monumental mess that has recently arisen, will not be discriminated against in the intense competition for these posts?
[The Secretary of State for Health (Ms Patricia Hewitt): That is equal opportunities information, obtained simply for the purposes of monitoring. It is fairly standard nowadays. That information does not form part of the decision on whether a job offer should be made to someone, and of course, people are not penalised if they do not supply it.]