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Pledge to boost medical training places rings hollow, say leaders

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 27 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q502
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Medical leaders have voiced concerns about the pace of the government’s pledge to boost medical school places over the next few years, as it emerged that funding has been approved for only an additional 350 places in 2025-26.

In its NHS Long Term Workforce Plan last year the government promised that it would double medical school places in England, from 7500 to 15 000 a year by 2031-32.1 However, a letter has confirmed that just 350 additional places are to be funded for the 2025-26 academic year and that the allocation of these extra places being carried over and repeated in subsequent years “will be subject to review.”

In addition, there will be no new capital funding in 2025-26 for medical schools that want to accept more students, and those providers that …

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