Five new Medical Schools: better late than never. Lets hope selection criteria are different from before..

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)

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BBC News 20th February: Under-doctored areas to get new medical schools

…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

The Lincolnite: New Medical School to address staff shortage.

Chris Havergil in the Times Educational Supplement: 5 new Medical Schools

Chris Smyth in the Times: More medical schools to fill NHS gaps

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)

Petersfield, Hants

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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