New medical schools taken off the agenda amid looming doctor glut

THE government will perform a stocktake of medical training places on the back of data projecting a surplus of 7000 doctors within 15 years.

The government says the looming oversupply means Australia needs no new medical schools, but that the ongoing shortage of doctors outside metropolitan areas needs to be addressed.

The stocktake, due to finish in April 2017, would help develop solutions to tackle the issue, says David Gillespie, the Assistant Minister for Rural Health.

The move has been welcomed by rural