BMA responds to Government announcement on medical school places

by BMA media team
  • Press release from the BMA
Location: England
Published: Thursday 20 August 2020

Responding to the announcement from the Government that the cap on medical school places will be lifted in England to allow all students who received the required A-level grades to go to their first-choice university, Dr Helena McKeown, BMA representative body chair and BMA education, training and workforce lead, said:

“Following the A-level results disaster the BMA was clear that universities should honour all original offers so that able students from across all backgrounds are able to pursue a career in medicine, so today’s announcement is a positive step.

"However, along with the lifting of the cap on medical school places, we need a cast-iron commitment to support and funding for universities and their staff and guarantees on increasing training capacity and investment in the NHS further down the line. If, in the future, we don’t get an increase in the number of places in the foundation programme for students who graduate, we will face the catastrophic situation of young doctors finishing university with no job to go to.

“This would be unforgivable at a time when the NHS is so desperate for staff.”

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