Health Committee Press Notice No 27

24 July 2007
Session 2006-07

New Inquiry - Modernising Medical Careers

Terms of Reference

The Committee will hold an inquiry into the Modernising Medical Careers programme (MMC) and its implementation through the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS). The inquiry will take account of the interim findings of the ongoing inquiry, led by Professor Sir John Tooke.

The Committee's inquiry will focus particularly on:

  • What are the principles underlying MMC and are they sound;

  • To what extent the practical implementation of MMC has been consistent with the programme's underlying principles;

  • The strengths and weaknesses of the MTAS process;

  • What lessons about project management should the Department of Health learn from the failings in the implementation of MMC;

  • The extent to which MMC has taken account of the supply and demand of junior doctors and the number of international medical graduates eligible for training in the UK;

  • The degree to which current plans for MMC will help to increase the flexibility of the medical workforce; and

  • The roles of the Department of Health, Strategic Health
    Authorities, the Deaneries, the Royal Colleges and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board in designing and implementing MMC.

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence. Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format-not PDF format-and sent by e-mail to . The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear if the submission is from an individual or on behalf of an organisation. The deadline is Tuesday 2 October 2007.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should be no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at .

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail.

Evidence sessions are likely to commence after the Summer Recess and a later press notice will give details of these.

The Health Committee is a Select Committee of the House of Commons. It is appointed under Standing Order No.152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Health and associated public bodies. The Committee has the power to send for persons, papers and records.