RCoA response to DH consultation on expanding undergraduate medical education

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has responded to the consultation by the Department of Health regarding the proposed expansion of undergraduate medical education. This consultation looks at the proposal to increase the number of student places at medical schools in England by 1,500.  The influence of undergraduate medical education has a profound effect on many aspects of local and regional services at all levels. It also serves to underpin excellence in postgraduate education and training. The provision of new medical school places should be used to support the regional healthcare infrastructure in both primary and secondary care.

Whilst we support the principle that quality of training and placement should be maintained, the College is concerned about the proposals to incentivise universities that can demonstrate an increase in quality of placement by recruiting more students, as we feel that this would be too difficult to demonstrate at the application stage and would be an unreliable assessment of quality of teaching.  

06 June 2017

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