Health Professions: Training

Department of Health written question – answered at on 22 December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to train additional medical staff from the UK to replace existing staff from other EU countries who have left or might leave the NHS.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In October 2016, the Government announced a historic expansion of medical school places increasing medical school places in England by 1,500. The first 500 places have already been allocated and will be available to students in September 2018. The remaining 1,000 additional medical school places would be available to medical schools in England via a competitive bidding process managed jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Health Education England.

We have also announced a 25% increase in nurse training places to provide at least 5,000 extra nurse training places every year from 2018/19 - 25,850 from 2018/19 compared to 20,680 in 2016/17.

National Health Service workforce training in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are matters for the devolved administrations in each of those countries.

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