Students will be able to apply to new medical school places a year early as the government has accelerated its medical school expansion plans. The government announced that it will fund 205 additional places for students starting in 2024 and has begun allocating the places to five medical school across England. This includes three new medical schools at Worcester Three Counties, Brunel and Chester, as well as additional places for University of Central Lancashire and Edge Hill medical schools. This expansion forms part of a larger plan that includes working with medical schools to shorten undergraduate training times from five years to four and launching a new medical internship programme.
Junior doctors in England will strike from 7am on Saturday 24 February to midnight on 28 February after talks between the British Medical Association and the government broke down again.
The NHS in Scotland will need to increase staff and spending, boost productivity or live with a relative deterioration in service quality.