NHS: Access to Treatments - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:38 pm on 7th September 2022.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour 3:38 pm, 7th September 2022

My Lords, the noble Lord will be aware that access to the NHS, whether in primary care, the ambulance service, A&E or discharge, has become worse and worse. All the organisations that submitted evidence this week said that the core issue is workforce. I declare my interest as a member of the GMC. Can the Minister explain why has the number of medical training places this year been drastically reduced to 7,500 compared to 10,500 for last two years, and 9,500 in the pre-Covid year? The Medical Schools Council has said that we should have 14,500 medical places. How can the Minister justify 7,500?