Government to increase number of GPs and emergency medicine doctors

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 29 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3506
  1. Helen Jaques, news reporter
  1. 1BMJ Careers
  1. hjaques{at}

The number of general practitioner (GP) training places in England will be increased by 14% and more doctors will be encouraged to enter emergency medicine, under plans announced by the government.

The Department of Health has set out its expectations for Health Education England in a mandate for the organisation.1 Health Education England took responsibility for healthcare education and workforce planning in April.

The Department of Health stipulates that Health Education England should ensure that 50% of medical students become GPs. At present, there are 2850 training posts …

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