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Doctors: Recruitment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of recruitment of doctors after the UK has left the EU.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department monitors and analyses overall staffing levels across the National Health Service, and we are working across Government to ensure there will continue to be sufficient staff, including doctors, to deliver the high-quality services on which the public relies following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

The Government has funded an extra 1,500 undergraduate medical school places - a 25% increase taking the total number of medical school training places in England to 7,500 by 2020/21. Five new medical schools will open in England by September 2020 to help deliver the expansion.

The interim NHS People Plan, published on 3 June 2019, puts the workforce at the heart of the NHS and will ensure we have the staff needed to deliver high quality care. The final NHS People Plan will be published in early 2020.

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