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Medicine: Education

Treasury written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with officials in the Department of Health and Social Care on funding to provide additional places for medical students.

Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to ensure that the UK can train sufficient medical students for the NHS workforce.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The government is delivering on its commitment to roll out an extra 1,500 medical school places. Around 630 have taken up places on medical courses in September 2018, bringing the total intake for 2018/19 to 6,701 - the highest on record. A further 690 will be available to students in 2019/20 and the remaining 180 places will be available in 2020/21.

The NHS has established a national workforce group, which will look at the future medical workforce as part of delivering on the workforce aims set out in the Long-Term Plan. The NHS will publish a detailed workforce implementation plan in the Spring.

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