Number of trainee doctors hit record levels in England

More
people in England are training to be doctors than ever before, according to new
figures.

The
Government had set a goal of increasing the medical school intake to 5,894
places by autumn 2005, but by autumn last year, there were already 6,030
medical students in England. It means there has been a rise of 2,281 places –
60 per cent – since 1997.

Health
secretary John Reid said the rise is a result of the huge Government investment
into training the NHS workforce, but there is more to be done to recruit
students from wider backgrounds.

"We
will continue to work hard to ensure that even more doctors are recruited into
the NHS, as this is an investment for all our futures," Reid said.

By Quentin Reade

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