Medicine: Higher Education

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st February 2022.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of medical school places in England.

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

The Government has funded an additional 1,500 undergraduate medical school places each year for domestic students in England, which represented a 25% increase over three years. This expansion was completed in September 2020 and has delivered five new medical schools in England. In addition, the Government 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.

The Government currently has no plans to increase the number of places beyond this.

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