The Wyke Science Department have welcomed the announcement of increased funding for medical education.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is pledging to train up to 1,500 more British doctors a year in a bid to tackle the recruitment crisis in the NHS. Speaking at the Tory conference in Birmingham, he claimed the move will make NHS England “self-sufficient” in doctors by the middle of the next decade.
Wyke Head of Faculty Valerie Evans said, “This is excellent news and it will hopefully encourage more of our most able students to consider a career in medicine. Last year we celebrated a record year of students progressing onto medicine, dentistry and veterinary science and we are looking forward to more success in the future.”
The “Begin your Medical Career Here” enrichment offered by Wyke is one of the reasons many students see the College as the supportive step towards gaining a place at medical school. This new government announcement will hopefully help to expand these opportunities.
Mr Hunt promised to reform the current 6,000-a-year cap on students at medical schools, allowing numbers to grow by as much as 25%.
He said he would ensure all young people with the capability to train as a doctor have the chance to do so.
There will also be a new requirement for all doctors trained on the NHS to work for it for a minimum of four years after graduation.
The dramatic drive to boost doctor numbers is estimated to cost £100m by 2020, but could sharply reduce the £1.2bn a year spent on medical locums, many of them from overseas.