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Workforce: Medical students do well, but nursing may pay the price

Plans by the Department of Health to increase the number of medical student places have cost implications for nursing, because other NHS programmes will receive less if no new money is found, says workforce expert James Buchan.
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Plans by the Department of Health to increase the number of medical student places have cost implications for nursing, because other NHS programmes will receive less if no new money is found, says workforce expert James Buchan

A few weeks before the announced increase in nursing student places, the government finally published details about the much-heralded increase in the number of medical students.

The total projected addition of 1,500 medical student places – a 25% increase in intake – has implications for nurses and nursing.

As prime minister Theresa May reminded us, there is no ‘magic money tree’ for NHS funding. If significantly more funding is allocated to support more medical school places, there will be an opportunity cost. If ‘new money’ is not found, other NHS

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