Medicine: Training

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22 March 2023.

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Photo of Lord Rose of Monewden Lord Rose of Monewden Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government, given the opening of the University of Chester medical school, and the forthcoming opening of a new medical school at the University of Surrey, what plans they have to increase the current cap of 7,500 funded medical places in England; and if they have any such plans, by how many they will increase the cap.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government is committed to ensuring that the number of medical school places is in line with England’s workforce requirements.

NHS England has been commissioned to produce a long-term workforce plan, which will include projections for the number of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed in five, 10 and 15 years’ time, taking full account of improvements in retention and productivity. The workforce plan is for the whole of the National Health Service workforce, and will be published this year.

The Government has funded an additional 1,500 undergraduate medical school places per year for domestic students in England, a 25% increase, taking the total number of medical school training places in England to 7,500 each year. This expansion was completed in September 2020 and has delivered five new medical schools in England.

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