The government has announced new medical education expansion plans that will increase the number of doctors trained in England each year.
Currently, more than 6,000 university training places are available annually for prospective new doctors, but this is now set to increase by up to 1,500 each year from September 2018.
“The government has unveiled plans to provide more undergraduate medical education places, meaning up to 1,500 extra doctors each year will be trained in England.“
By expanding the homegrown medical workforce by 25 percent, this marks the largest single increase in doctor training places in the history of the NHS. Given the cost of training doctors, the plans have been announced alongside measures to ensure a return on this investment is achieved.
Proposals include mandating that newly trained medics serve a minimum term with the NHS, with those who leave before this time is up required to repay some of the fees that the NHS invests in them.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "By expanding our supply of homegrown doctors and proposing that they serve patients in the NHS for a minimum term, we will ensure taxpayer investment in the NHS is returned."
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