Responding to the government's announcement that new medical schools will train more NHS doctors, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers part of the NHS Confederation said:
"NHS Leaders welcomed the long term workforce plan on its publication in the summer, and will be encouraged that the government, NHS England and the Office for Students, are moving swiftly to ensure that some investment in the medical school elements of the plan is being deployed to quickly activate some new places, particularly in historically underserved geographies.
"They will be hopeful that this is a sign that the Chancellor will put as much as investment as possible into the plan in the next couple of years. The plan is a truly long term one but followed decades of underinvestment in the health and social care workforces, so time is of the essence. The NHS looks forward to working with committed partners in higher and further education to deliver the ambitions in the plan, and also understands its own role in supporting education and retention of new staff."