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Criteria for allocating new medical school places are too broad, expert warns

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 22 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5414
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The criteria for allocating 1000 new medical school places are too broad, an expert in medical education has warned.

Chris McManus, professor of psychology and medical education at University College London, said that the new places should be assigned to medical schools that produce highly performing students, as well as schools that would help to fill under-doctored specialties.

Last year England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced a 25% expansion in medical student places.1 Hunt said that as many as 1500 more doctors would be trained in England every year from September 2018.

So far, 500 new medical school places have been allocated to existing medical schools. …

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