Milburn is to head initiative to widen entry to medical training

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 14 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b116
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The former health secretary Alan Milburn has been chosen to head a new commission for social mobility that will aim to widen access to people from all backgrounds to professions such as medicine.

    The need to widen the field for future doctors was underlined in a report commissioned by the Liberal Democrat party and published on 12 January by the children’s charity Barnardo’s. It showed that a child’s life chances still depend largely on background and parents’ earnings.

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced at the weekend that Alan Milburn, Labour MP for Darlington and the health secretary from 1999 to 2003, would head …

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