In early October 2016 the Government announced proposals to increase the cap on the number of medical training places to 7,500, an increase of 1,500 students per year. It will be 2024 before any benefits of this increase are seen in real terms.

On 14 March 2017 the Department of Health published its consultation into the increase in numbers. The consultation can be found here. The deadline for responses is 02 June 2017.

As stated in the document, an initial allocation of 500 places will be made to medical schools in England from 2018/19. The further 1,000 places will be allocated through a competitive bidding process, to commence 2018/19 or sooner.

London Medicine will respond to the consultation on behalf of its members. Please read a statement from the Chair of London Medicine, Professor Deborah Gill, here.

Further information, including the London Medicine consultation response, can be viewed here.