Britain seeks more home grown doctors

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:9

Britain has decided that it is placing too much reliance on overseas doctors and that the shortfall of British doctors should be met by increasing the output of medical schools in the United Kingdom. The health secretary, Mrs Virginia Bottomley, last week approved a 10% increase in the target intake of medical schools in the UK, from 4470 to 4970 by the year 2000.

This implements a recommendation by the government's Medical Workforce Standing Advisory Committee, which effectively doubled its own projections of two years ago. Contrary to previous assumptions, the number of …

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