NHS Expert, Dr Jack Saunders is a research fellow on the Cultural History of the NHS project in the History Department at the University of Warwick. He comments on the news that the number of medical school places will increase by 25% from 2018 under plans to make England "self-sufficient" in training doctors with the expansion in training places from 6,000 to 7,500 a year,
- "Complaints of shortages of doctors (and nurses, domestic staff etc.) are as old as the NHS itself. Historically the Ministry of Health has struggled with planning staffing."
- "Hunt is not the first Minister of Health to declare an intention to replace "imported labour" with domestically trained doctors. It was the intention of virtually all governments from the 1960s. They usually fail to recruit enough medical students or retain enough staff."
- "Doctors are an internationalised workforce and trying to control who practices where has never worked in the past."
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