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Plan for army-style conscription of doctors is reconsidered

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 10 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3839
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The Department of Health in England has said that it will reconsider its plan to require doctors to work in the NHS after qualification or to pay for some of their training.

The department said that it would “continue to consider return on taxpayer investment” in its response to a consultation on the expansion of undergraduate medical education.1

The consultation had proposed a system similar to that in the armed forces, “whereby medical students receive funding to support them to complete their degree in return for agreeing to serve for a given period.”2 It said that, if doctors do not complete the required amount of time in the NHS, “then they could be required to repay a sum of money in addition to their loan repayments.”

The government’s …

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