Government cap on medical school places | Comment

Sir Robert Halfon, the Secretary of State for Universities, last year accused Liz Truss of “destroying working-class conservatism over the last decade”. Now he is doing his part to wreck the next decade with his barely credible instruction to British medical schools to stop educating so many doctors, and by enforcing the 7,500 place limit (news, January 25 ). Anyone active in clinical medicine knows that we don’t have enough doctors in the UK and it will take at least five years to rectify this, even if we start increasing numbers now. There are many ways in which the cost of increasing the number of medical school places can be reduced, ranging from shortening the course, tackling the ridiculously strict entry requirements,

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