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Consultation launched on increasing medical student numbers in England

The government has released plans to increase the number of student places at medical schools in England by 1,500.

The first 500 places will be allocated to medical schools and will be available to students in September 2018.

A further 1,000 places will be allocated through a competitive bidding process.

The government’s plan will see an expansion in training places from 6,000 to 7,500 a year.

Dr Katherine Walesby, Chair of the Trainees and Members’ Committee, at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, commented: “We need to ensure that the values of time to care, time to train and time for research become an intrinsic part of the culture of the NHS. Increasing medical school places alone will not deliver this change in culture.

“It is important that we begin to look at how we create a workforce with the capacity to meet the needs of the NHS and its long-term sustainability, and increasing the number of medical school places will assist in this regard.”

A consultation document says the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Health Education England will work together to design the competitive bidding process for the distribution of places between universities.

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