Rishi Sunak has presented NHS recruitment as part of the “biggest training and workforce expansion” in its historical past.
The Prime Minister said the plan would reduce “our dependence” on overseas workers but would serve to streamline the NHS’s ongoing standby lists.
The maximum number of places in medical faculties is likely to be doubled from 7,500 in England to fifteen thousand, allowing a greater range of college students to become doctors.
The plan is likely to be fully implemented later this week.
But Mr Sunak told the BBC’s Laura Kuensberg on Sunday: “We’re going to do one thing this week that no institution has ever done.
The largest number of places in medical schools is likely to double from 7,500 in England to fifteen thousand, allowing more college students to become doctors (stock image)
“This will be one of the most important announcements in the history of the NHS and is designed to deliver a long-term staffing plan so we can hire the doctors, nurses and GPs we need, not just today, but in the future to deliver the care we all need.
He added: “This will be the biggest increase in training and workforce in the history of the NHS.” But he acknowledged that the changes could take up to 15 years before patients feel the benefits.
Mr Sunak has made tackling NHS waiting lists one of his top five priorities. However, the number of people in England waiting for another operation has risen to a record high. Official figures show 7.33 million people were waiting for operations such as hip and knee replacements at the end of March this year, the highest number since NHS registration began in August 2007.
Mr. Sunak said the backlog was partly caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He added: “The build-up of backlog will always take some time to clear.
“Today, because of our record investment and plans in place, we are seeing waiting lists for individuals shrink.
“I’ve always said that the overall waiting list won’t go down until next year.”
Rishi Sunak gave the BBC’s instructions on Sunday, with Laura Kuensberg in attendance: “We’re going to do something this week that no government has ever done before.”
Mr Sunak, the son of a GP and a pharmacist, described the plan as the “cornerstone” of his authority’s imagination and vision for a “better, more modern healthcare system”, including: “I feel a great responsibility to ensure that our NHS continues to exist.
Health Secretary Steve Barclay said “significant investment can be made” “so we can start the process to ensure NHS staff are ready to meet the challenges ahead”.
The announcement of a long-term plan for the future of the NHS follows a call by England’s junior doctors for a five-day strike next month, dramatically escalating their long-running dispute with the federal government over pay and staffing. .
Members of the British Medical Association will walk away from July 13 to 18, in what the association says is the longest business move interval in the welfare service’s historical past.
Most lung cancers could be detected in as many as 9,000 people over 12 months, according to a screening program that is likely to be rolled out across the country.
The NHS invites 325,000 people to their first lung scan every year and offers tests to current and former smokers aged 55-74. are caught at an earlier stage.