but this will still not be enough, and we need a realistic approach. Given that 80% on medical students are undergraduate appointments, and 80% are women, we need at least a 250% increase in medical student intake. If we change to graduate entry a 200% increase might be enough. Students can be trained in localities using the internet. Only intermittent assessments and exams need to be centralised, (if they are practical) but the theory exams can be “on line” from local driving test centres. The 2 in 11 successful applicants to medical school needs to change to 5 in 11 immediately, and to 10 in 11 if we are to accept the current drop out rate and gender bias. It is good news, but limited and unimaginative.
An extra 500 medical school places in England have been confirmed for next year by the government.
The Department of Health announced in October it planned to add up to 1,500 more places each year – a boost of 25% on current student doctor numbers – and says it will hit that target by 2020.
It is part of a plan to use UK-trained doctors to ease NHS staffing pressures.
But the British Medical Association says the plan will not address the immediate shortage of medics.
Training to become a doctor takes at least five years and currently about 6,000 graduate each year.
The government wants many of the new training places to go to students from disadvantaged backgrounds to improve diversity in the medical profession…..
….Prof Wendy Reid, from Health Education England, said the extra places would help the NHS meet the diverse healthcare needs of patients “up and down the country”.
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “Ministers have repeatedly announced plans to increase doctors’ training levels and in many key medical specialities they are failing to fill the places already on offer.
“The government need to get a grip and put in place a long-term workforce plan backed up with significant new investment for the number of staff needed to deliver services safely.”