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Letters Medical student expansion

Expanding undergraduate medical education in the UK—at whose cost?

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 03 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2162
  1. Ahmed Soualhi, medical student1,
  2. Ayiesha Ahmad, medical student2
  1. 1GKT School of Medical Education, King’s College London, London, UK
  2. 2University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  1. ahmed.soualhi{at}

The BMA has criticised the government’s plans for expanding the medical workforce.1 We too read the consultation document with alarm2 and were particularly distressed by point 3.11, which states that new medical students from overseas (outside the European Economic Area) will have to pay their own placement tariff, a fee paid to healthcare providers to cover costs of a clinical placement. This …

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