Applications to study medicine fall

Authors: Tom Moberly 

Publication date:  02 Feb 2017

Applications to study medicine and dentistry in the UK fell by 3.6% this year compared with 2016, figures released by the University and Colleges Admissions Service have shown.

Overall applications were down from 86 650 for the 2016 application cycle to 83 540 for the 2017 cycle.

Applications from the UK were down 1.4%, from 65 250 in 2016 to 64 340 in 2017.

From outside the UK, applications from the EU were down 14.7%, from 7990 in 2016 to 6810 in 2017. Applications from outside the EU were down by 7.6%, from 13 410 in 2016 to 12 390 in 2017.

In a statement, the BMA warned that pressures on the NHS risked “making medicine a less desirable career choice.” Harrison Carter, BMA medical students committee co-chair, said, “It’s likely that the government’s handling of the junior doctor contract negotiations, and the continuing financial pressures on the NHS, are deterring many from pursuing medical careers.”

He added, “At a time when our health service is overstretched and facing huge staff shortages, it is vital that the government addresses the underlying issues that are affecting the NHS’ ability to recruit and retain staff, and provide them with attractive and flexible careers, in order to provide the best possible care for patients.”

Tom Moberly The BMJ

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