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Letters Five new medical schools

GMC reply to letter by Harris, “Five new medical schools: a decline in standards is inevitable”

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 30 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2331
  1. Colin Melville, director of education and standards
  1. General Medical Council, Manchester M3 3AW, UK
  1. andy.edgeworth{at}

While the matter of employment and increasing the number of home grown doctors is not for the GMC, we decide which organisations can award UK primary medical qualifications, and we will not allow the increase in student numbers or additional medical schools to lead to any decline in the high standards that UK medical education offers.1

Our standards are there to ensure that patients …

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