Only 500 of the extra medical school places pledged by the Government to ensure ‘self-sufficiency’ in homegrown doctors will come on stream in 2018, it has been revealed.
A health minister has said just a third of the 1,500 promised places will be funded next year, while the DH consults on ‘how to make available’ the remaining 1,000 places ‘from 2019/20’.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt first announced the plans at the Conservative Party conference in October last year, when he said boosting places by ‘a quarter’ would be ‘the biggest annual increase in medical student training’ in NHS history when it happened ‘from 2018’.
Mr Hunt said that raising the cap on the number of places from 6,000 to 7,500 was necessary in order to ensure that the ‘NHS will be self-sufficient in doctors’ by the end of the next Parliament when these new doctors would have ‘completed their undergraduate medical training’.
Read more in Pulse.