‘The medical Foundation Programme is often under or over-subscribed as it is subject to variation for a number of reasons.
‘This year, the programme is oversubscribed.
‘Health Education England, working with partners including the Devolved Administrations and the British Medical Association, has agreed to provide the additional Foundation Programme places required to ensure that all eligible applicants get posts.
‘The additional posts will be provided in traditionally under-doctored areas and the allocation will be based on the second round of 1,000 additional medical undergraduate places that were announced last year as part of the expansion of medical school places across England.
‘Sheona MacLeod, Deputy Medical Director for Education Reform, HEE, said: ‘We are very pleased to be able to confirm that we have increased the number of Foundation Programme places available this year. We hope that will remove any uncertainty for applicants from the process and ensure that all eligible applicants across the UK will be able to take up posts. This will mean providing up to 96 additional places, helping to ensure we have the doctors we need to provide patient services both now and in the future.’
Professor Macleod said: ‘‘Our priority has been to ensure that all eligible UK applicants get places. However, above and beyond that, the additional places we have provided this year will also ensure that we can make offers to some eligible overseas applicants.’