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Covid-19: medical schools given powers to graduate final year students early to help NHS

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 26 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1227

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  1. Anna Harvey
  1. The BMJ

Medical schools have been granted the power to graduate their students early to allow them to work for the NHS during the covid-19 pandemic, the BMA has said.1 This follows the surprise statement from the health secretary Matt Hancock on 24 March, in which he said that 5500 final year medical students would be on the wards by next week.2

Early graduation does not mean immediate, emergency registration with the General Medical Council, said communication from the BMA Medical Students Committee disseminated via social media to students in the UK. Current guidance on the GMC website …

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