Views & Reviews From the Frontline

In a class on their own

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b221 (Published 20 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b221
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

    The government is aiming to increase social mobility with a “panel on fair access to the professions” (BMJ 2009;338:b116, doi:10.1136/bmj.b116). The time has come to rid ourselves of the old school tie in medicine. I came from a broken home, attended a comprehensive school, enjoyed free school dinners, and lived in a council house. My wife, both her parents doctors, endured the misery of ballet and piano lessons. What’s odd is that my grandfather was a London barrister and my wife’s a Clydebank …

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