New medical schools in under-doctored areas

Full Story on BBC News 20 March 2018

Five new medical schools are to be created in England as part of the government’s expansion of training places.

The schools will open in Sunderland, Lancashire, Lincoln, Canterbury and Chelmsford over the next three years.

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.