In October 2016 the Government announced proposals to increase the cap on the number of medical training places in England 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.

In March 2017 the Department of Health published its consultation into the increase in numbers, which can be found here.

London Medicine responded to the consultation on behalf of its members. A statement from the Chair of London Medicine, Professor Deborah Gill, follows. Further information, including the London Medicine consultation response, can be viewed here.

In March 2018 HEFCE published the outcome of the competitive bid process to allocate additional medical school places. Within London, Queen Mary, University of London, was allocated an additional 32 places, from 2019/20. The full details of the allocations can be viewed here.

Statement from the Chair of London Medicine, Professor Deborah Gill

London is an exceptional place to learn and practice medicine. There is a unique diversity of students, patients and services and a long history of providing excellent and world renowned medical education.

The Department of Health consultation on the Expansion of Undergraduate Medical Education, published Monday 14 March 2017, sets out the transformative plans to increase the total number of students studying medicine across England and to remove the cap on the number of students from overseas studying at English medical schools.

This expansion of student numbers is an excellent opportunity for London’s five medical schools to showcase London as a rich and vibrant learning environment where innovative education opportunities can be offered to attract these students.

London Medicine will be working with all London medical schools to provide a London-wide response to the consultation and to ensure London takes a coordinated approach in offering more students an opportunity to study medicine in this unique city whilst ensuring a high quality experience for all.

Deborah Gill, Chair, London Medicine

24 March 2017