Training of doctors is at risk because strategic health authorities cut training budgets by millions of pounds last year, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Conservative Party.

Training of doctors is at risk because strategic health authorities cut training budgets by millions of pounds last year, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Conservative Party.

The statistics show that Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA underspent its training budget by£20m last year, and Birmingham and the Black Country SHA ended the year with a training underspend of£13m.

The total underspend on training budgets across England last year was more than£150m, just over 3 per cent of the SHA-administered training budget for that year.

British Medical Association junior doctors committee chair Dr Jo Hilborne said previous cuts to training budgets had led to doctors missing courses.