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Specialty training: record number of applicants and posts filled in England, say officials

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1649 (Published 04 July 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1649
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. The BMJ

England saw its highest ever number of doctors applying for specialty training programmes this year and awarded more places than ever before, Health Education England has said, highlighting the stiff competition doctors face to get on to a specialty programme to continue their training.

HEE would not release figures on the total number of applicants for posts this year but did reveal that 7894 of posts starting in August 2022 had been filled—a fill rate of 99.7%.

Wendy Reid, HEE director of education and quality and executive medical director, said, “This means we will be training more doctors which is good news for patients, the NHS, and the …

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