My sister wants to become a doctor and was horrified last night as the results were read out.
I have a lot of confidence in her and reflecting on her recent gcse mock examination results, i am confident that she will achieve at least 7A* grades if not 10.
Since the bill had been passed she decided that she would apply to read medicine at cambridge or oxford, edingburgh, aberdeen and possibly another scottish university. I am sadened by this as Mr Blairs plans are already causing would be med students and others to rethink their future plans. I tried to explain to her that it wouldn't affect her future standard of living greatly but she just wasn't having any of it. I only hope that she'll get into oxbridge, no disrespect to aberdeen or edingburgh as they are both excellent medical schools.
What are your views?
Maybe it will encourage scottish students to stay in Scotlad, but for an English student to go to a scottish university the fees would be no different to an english uni.
Even under the new system the maximum a 5 yr med student could be owing to the government would be £35k.
I can't imagine *any* bank lending £25k in unsecured loans/overdrafts to a student with no credit history.
the figure of 60 odd thousand for medics is for those living in London and doing a 6 year course and it is beleivable if you think about how extortionate the rent is. Also is you think that many edics need to run a car once they get into the 3rd year or above because they have placements in a varity of hospitals etc. Also they get less vacation time so they can't earn as much money in their holidays and added to that they have so many contact hours that it is harder for thm to get paid employment in term time (i live with medics by the way so they constantly rubbish the life of an art student eg me )