Letters, calls and emails: Cost of medical school discourages students

Dear Editor

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  

Nottingham 

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