Almost 800 straight-A British students are being denied a place at medical school despite a ‘crippling’ national shortage of medics that has forced the NHS to recruit 6,000 foreign doctors
Last year 770 students with excellent grades were rejected by medical schools
As a result some of the brightest British students are having to train abroad
Thousands of foreign doctors hired despite being more likely to be struck off for blunders
By MICHAEL POWELL and MATTHEW DAVIS FOR MAIL ON SUNDAY
9 April 2017
Hundreds of straight-A British students are being denied the chance to train as doctors in the UK despite a ‘crippling’ national shortage of medics in the NHS.
Top-performing teenagers are being shunned by leading universities while the NHS continues to recruit thousands of foreign doctors to plug a staffing crisis.
Official figures reveal that 770 students with three grade As or higher at A-level were rejected by medical schools last year due to a controversial Government quota system.
The Government says it takes £230,000 to fully train each doctor in the UK because of the higher costs of delivering medical education, and critics claim the number of places available at universities is capped to save taxpayers’ money.
That means one in five of straight-A students failed in their application to study at a British medical school last year, according to university applications body UCAS.
As a result, some of the brightest British students are having to train abroad after failing to get into UK universities.
Yet almost 6,000 foreign doctors were hired in the UK last year, despite the fact overseas staff are four times more likely to be struck off for blunders than British counterparts.
A House of Lords NHS Sustainability committee last week warned in a highly-critical report that the NHS was ‘too reliant’ on foreign staff.
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