Beginning to realise the mess they are in, New Medical Schools have been announced, which will produce new doctors in 6-10 year’s time. The full details have yet to be announced, but there will be less wastage, more efficiency, more long term work hours, if the places are predominantly for graduates. It’s still not enough, and why didn’t we do it 20 years ago? The rejection of 9 out of 11 candidates for years is unforgiveable. Lets hope the new Deans listen to Dr Cairns advice (see letter below)
…Places at existing schools are also being increased as part of the government’s commitment to increase student places by 25%.
It will mean by 2020 there will be 1,500 more students each year.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the new schools were being targeted at parts of the country where it “can be hard to recruit and attract new doctors”.
Overall 90% of the new places will be outside London.
“It will help us deal with the challenges of having around one million more over 75s in ten years’ time,” added Mr Hunt….
Alex Matthews-King in the Independent:Emphasis on training doctors in areas with staff shortages will expand university places in Sunderland, Lancashire, Canterbury, Lincoln and Chelmsford
Chris Havergil in the Times Educational Supplement: 5 new Medical Schools
Five new medical schools will open in the next two years to train doctors as fears grow about NHS staffing gaps.
Anglia Ruskin University will train medical students at its Chelmsford campus from September, followed by the University of Sunderland and a partnership between Nottingham and Lincoln universities next year. Schools will open in Canterbury and at Edge Hill University in Lancashire in 2020.
The NHS is short of thousands of doctors and ministers have promised to increase training places by a quarter. Health chiefs say that staff shortages are rapidly overtaking money worries as the biggest threat to care.
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, said yesterday: “Setting up five new medical schools is part of the biggest ever expansion of our medical and nursing workforce, which will help us deal with the challenges of having around one million more over 75s in ten years.”
The 33 existing schools take 6,000 doctors and the 1,500 places Mr Hunt promised have been allocated, giving priority to areas where shortages are worst. The Chelmsford school will take 100 this autumn and there will be 530 more at existing schools. Places will increase by 690 next year and 180 in 2020.
Comment from a Dr Andrew Cairns in the Times 21st March 2018: MEDICAL ATTRIBUTES
Sir, I hope that the introduction of new medical schools to train 1,500 more doctors each year (report, Mar 20) will bring with it a review of selection criteria. Too many medical students have been high-achievers throughout their short lives and have not experienced failure. When this occurs, as it inevitably will in a medical career, they may not have the resilience to cope. The academic bar should be lowered and attributes such as common sense, stamina, resilience, a sense of humour, dexterity and interpersonal skills encouraged.
Dr Andrew Cairns (retired GP)