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Allergies

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 131542, tabled on 7 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many trainees qualified in allergy in (a) 2016 and (b) 2017 and how many will qualify in 2018.

Answered on

15 March 2018

The number of doctors who obtained their certificate of completion of training in the allergy specialty and paediatric allergy, immunology and infectious diseases in 2016 and 2017 is shown in the table below:

Medicine Group specialty/subspecialty

Completed
in 2016

Completed
in 2017

Allergy

2

0

Paediatric allergy, immunology and infectious diseases

4

2

Source: Health Education England

The number of trainees that will qualify in 2018 will be known at the end of the academic year.

Primary care also has a vital role in the management of allergies. The Royal College of General Practitioners offers a range of resources to educate general practitioners about the various presentations of allergic disease, how to assess an atopic patient and when to investigate in primary care or refer to secondary care.