Applying for medicine

Sir: It is not just a question of broadening intake for medicine ( The Times Dec 10) but of creating more training places for doctors, midwives, nurses and other health personnel. It is false economy to attempt to shore up the NHS with immigrants, (in the process often depriving third world nations of indispensable staff) and right now is playing straight into the hands of UKIP. Successive governments and health leaders have constantly lamented staff shortages in the NHS but it has been nobody’s fault but their own. If there were more places entry conditions need not be quite so harsh, (and also less arbitrary). Urgent steps should be taken by the Coalition so that we become self – sufficient in this precious commodity.




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