We are told that average medical student debt is £21,000 (GP, 17 November).
Top-up fees of £3,000 per annum would look daunting to any applicant, particularly if he or she doesn’t come from a well-heeled family.
Thus good candidates from poorer backgrounds are ‘deleted’ and the bias is shifted to upper-income-bracket families, losing diversity among prospective doctors.
Very sad indeed.
Dr Clive Ledger