New medical schools 'excellent news' for NHS, says College

Publication date: 20 March 2018

Responding to the news that five new medical schools will be created over the next three years, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

"This is excellent news, and I wish everyone involved in these exciting new projects the best of luck.

"More medical schools in the UK means we will be training more people who will eventually end up as doctors, delivering patient care in our NHS - and hopefully many will choose to work in general practice.

"However, in welcoming the long-term benefits that these schools will inevitably bring for general practice and the wider NHS, we must not forget the short term pressures.

"It takes at least 10 years to train to be a fully qualified GP, from entering medical school but we need thousands more GPs now. We must work together, pulling out all the stops, to recruit more people to general practice, to make it easier for people to return to the profession after a career break or period working abroad, and to retain the experienced, skilled workforce we already have.

"NHS England's GP Forward View promises 5,000 more GPs by 2020, as well as £2.4bn extra a year for general practice. We need to see this delivered urgently and in full."

Further Information

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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