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Letters Five new medical schools

Five new medical schools: a decline in standards is inevitable

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 02 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1868
  1. Philip F Harris, retired and part time university teacher
  1. Queen’s Medical Centre, University of Nottingham Medical School, Nottingham, UK
  1. pfharris27{at}

I read with great concern that the government plans to create “five new medical schools to increase home grown doctors.”1 This is in response to increasing levels of morbidity in an ageing population and a rise in general practitioners taking early retirement. The government’s top priority should be to reform the NHS to relieve stressful working conditions and stop the brain drain of experienced …

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