500 extra medical school places

Today, the Health Secretary announced 500 extra medical school places for next year – boosting student doctor numbers.

This is the biggest ever expansion to the number of doctor training places, but it is also one of the most inclusive; ensuring everyone has the chance to study medicine regardless of their background, and ensuring the NHS is equipped for the future with doctors serving in the areas that need them the most.

The government has also committed to training an extra 1,500 doctors a year by 2020, raising the current number by 25 per cent and ensuring our health service continues to meet increasing demand.