NHS: Recruitment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th November 2021.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to expand the medical workforce.

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

We have funded an additional 1,500 undergraduate medical school places each year for domestic students in England or a 25% increase over three years. This expansion was completed in September 2020 and has delivered five new medical schools in England. In addition, we have temporarily lifted the cap on medical school places for students who completed A-Levels in 2020 and in 2021 and who had an offer from a university in England to study medicine, subject to their grades. We have no immediate plans to further increase the number of places.

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