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Government hits training target

The Government says it has hit its target to increase the number of doctors in training by 2,000 two years early.

Figures from the Higher Education Funding Council for England show 6,030 students entered medical school in England in autumn 2003. The Department of Health had set a target intake of 5,894 places by autumn 2005.

Health Secretary John Reid said huge Government investment had led to the increase.

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