RCSEd President Reacts to the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan to Double Medical School Places in England

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13 May 2024

Reacting to today’s announcement of an additional 350 medical school places in England for the academic year 2025/26, Professor Rowan Parks, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh stated:

“We welcome today’s announcement as an important part of the commitment to double medical school places by 2031 as contained in the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan.

Whilst places have been allocated to medical schools across the country, we support the expansion of places in areas that are under-doctored and have had problems with recruitment and retention. Encouraging students to study medicine and develop their careers in their local areas will go some way in addressing these challenges and make local healthcare services more sustainable.

We look forward to engaging with this new intake to encourage them to consider a career in surgery.”


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

  • RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505 and is based in Edinburgh and Birmingham. 
  • It is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a global membership of more than 32,000, including 15,000 members in the UK. 
  • The College also has a significant worldwide presence with members in over 100 countries. 
  • The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. 
  • The College has six faculties: The Faculty of Dental Surgery, The Faculty of Surgical Trainers, The Faculty of Dental Trainers, The Faculty of Perioperative Care, The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and The Faculty of Remote, Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare.
  • It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. 
  • Find RCSEd at www.rcsed.ac.uk, on X (formerly known as Twitter), on Facebook, and Instagram.

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