Government plans to cut student financial support attacked

Medical student leaders have attacked the government's decision to cut financial support to thousands of students in England from next year.

The changes announced in a written parliamentary answer by the universities secretary John Denham will see the reductions in the number of students who will be able to receive annual financial grants, says the BMA.

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills estimates that 10% of the university population could be affected - up to 40,000 students.

Tim Crocker-Buque, chairman of the BMA's medical student committee, said: ‘Medical students, whose courses are longer and more expensive than their colleagues, will be hit especially hard.'

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