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Medical schools continue to favour white, middle class candidates

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1518-b (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1518
  1. Burke Katherine
  1. London

    Medicine is still very much a career for the middle classes, and the class divide could widen even further when top up fees are introduced, a BMA discussion paper has warned.

    In the paper the BMA collated figures from medical schools in the United Kingdom showing that students from white, middle class families still have twice the chance of being accepted into a medical degree course than their working class peers.

    Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) cited in the report indicate that the socioeconomic makeup of UK medical schools is stuck in a time warp. Almost two thirds (64%) of the students …

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