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Five new schools announced for 'biggest expansion' of medical education

Five new medical schools will launch across England as the Government bids to deliver the 'biggest ever increase' to the workforce.

The new schools, based in Sunderland, Lancashire, Canterbury, Lincoln and Chelmsford, form part of the Government's pledge to boost training places by 1,500 by 2020.

The DHSC has also funded a significant expansion at Aston University in Birmingham, which will expand its course by 100 places. Other smaller allocations of new places have been awarded to a range of existing medical schools.

The five new medical schools will be based at:

  • University of Sunderland;
  • Edge Hill University;
  • Anglia Ruskin University;
  • Lincoln - the University of Nottingham in partnership with the University of Lincoln;
  • Canterbury - Joint Medical School between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent

In all, 630 extra places will become available from September, bringing the total intake for 2018/19 to 6,701.

The new places were awarded following a 'rigorous bidding process', which was focused on means to boost recruitment in under-doctored areas, including rural and coastal areas.

Nine in 10 of the 1,500 new places are outside of London, and nearly a third in the North of England, which traditionally struggles to attract doctors, said the DHSC.

Applicants also had to show 'a focus on the prioritised specialties of general practice, psychiatry and any other shortage specialties'.

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt said: 'Setting up five new medical schools is part of the biggest ever expansion of our medical and nursing workforce, which will help us deal with the challenges of having around one million more over-75s in 10 years’ time.

'These schools are being set up in parts of the country where it can be hard to recruit and attract new doctors – but will benefit doctors everywhere as we start to eliminate the rota gaps that add so much pressure to their work.'

Last year, think-tank Reform warned that the expansion by 1,500 medical schools places will only create 750 more full-time-equivalent consultants or GPs. It urged the Government to completely remove the cap on places instead.

It was also revealed last year that 'only a third' of places would come on stream from 2018, although this has now risen to 42%.

The Government pledged in 2015 that there would be 5,000 more GPs by 2020, although this is in grave doubt after official figures last year revealed a net loss of 1,200 GPs between September 2016 and September 2017.

Readers' comments (18)

  • So you meant 5,000 new doctors by 2032 Jeremy, by which time the NHS in England will be well and truly stuffed.
    Well done Jeremy, all is forgiven.....

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  • Council of Despair

    lambs to the slaughter.

    it's the reason why nothing will change as the Government knows there will always be a willing cohort of people wanting to be doctors.

    unfortunately, the reality of what it takes will be a shock to them but by that time it will be too late.

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  • Im interested to know who is going to teach at these medical schools where have they suddenly come from ?

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  • New university teaching/no teaching-self education. Just pay us the fees, jump the hoops and you'll get your certificate at the end. More lambs for the GMC to press manslaughter charges.

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  • Good news though too late for many

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  • Good news for who, watchdoc?
    Seems more like soylent of the lambs.
    God knows what the mental health of these unfortunates will be?

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  • There is no point turning the tap on more when you still have the plug out of the sink.

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  • Ned Diddly Diddly

    www.independent.co.uk › News › Health
    8 Feb 2018 - Jeremy Hunt has acknowledged the NHS winter crisis is the "worst ever" but said staff knew what to expect when they “signed up” to work in the health service. Official figures released today confirmed that A&E waiting time performance is at its worst level on record, and more than a thousand patients were ...

    Will these new schools let everyone know what they are signing up for

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  • Ned Diddly Diddly

    More docs to go abroad ??
    Did they sort out the 5 year post graduation handcuffs??

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  • Ready by September, so entirely filled through clearing as too late for UCAS?

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