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It’s not so much what you know

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 12 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3252
  1. Deborah Cohen, features editor, BMJ
  1. dcohen{at}

    Hold the front page—a report last month by the former health secretary Alan Milburn declared that Britain’s top professions, such as law and medicine, are closed to all but the most well-off families. Figures this week from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) showing that today’s medical students are far more likely than five years ago to have been privately educated lend support to this claim.

    And stop the presses—the BMA’s Medical Students Committee is using this opportunity to campaign on tuition fees. Now, I’m no fan of tuition fees, particularly when you consider that the current economic climate was caused in part by unsustainable debt. In …

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