Study finds access to a career in medicine is worsening

A career in medicine is increasingly restricted to people from the most affluent families, a report on social mobility has found.

Alan Milburn
Alan Milburn

Unleashing Aspiration, commissioned by Gordon Brown, found many professions are less dominated by independent schooling than they were - but medicine is one of the few that remains largely unchanged since the 1980s.

The BMA however, said the report ignores the ‘crippling' cost of medical education, which remains the biggest obstacle to improving social mobility in medical education. 

Former health secretary Alan Milburn chaired the study on how the government can improve access to careers in key professions.

Recommendations for the medical profession include widening schemes like MED-VIEW, at London's King's College, where AS-level pupils with medical aspirations but no family history of higher education are encouraged to shadow a GP or hospital consultant.

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