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Charging £500 for work experience in hospital is “completely unfair,” says charity

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4895 (Published 11 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4895
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

A charity that provides careers advice to children from disadvantaged backgrounds has condemned a private care provider for charging £500 (€690; $770) a week for work experience at its facilities.

Deborah Streatfield, from MyBigCareer, told The BMJ that some of the children she worked with could not afford their school uniform and that many came to school hungry. Yet for pupils in the private school sector the £500 placements offered by the Chartwell Trust “was nothing,” she said.

“It is not a level playing field,” said Streatfield.

Chartwell Trust runs a private hospital in …

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