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Jeremy Hunt – and Andrew Lansley before him – has been inexorably worsening conditions for people working in the English National Health Service.
But now he thinks he’ll recruit an extra 25 per cent of medical students into the nightmare he has created.
It simply isn’t going to happen.
Anyone who is seriously considering a career in medicine will look at what he is offering, dismiss it as fodder for fools and look abroad for a better opportunity.
After all, foreign training methods can’t be that bad:
The NHS has been recruiting foreign doctors for years.
The number of medical school places will increase by 25% from 2018 under plans to make England “self-sufficient” in training doctors.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to announce an expansion in training places from 6,000 to 7,500 a year.
He believes increasing the number of home-grown doctors will be essential given the ageing population.
There is also concern it will become more difficult to recruit doctors trained abroad in the future.
About a quarter of the medical workforce is trained outside the UK, but the impact of Brexit and a global shortage of doctors could make it harder to recruit so many in the future.
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