Not sure I follow this..you have already applied this year no? And are mid cycle ?
From looking at your last post, youve applied to Sheffield, Leeds,Oxford and Newcastle. So 2 of the ones you reference above plus two other excellent schools.
If you get an offer from ANY of them then you should take it in my view. It would be a big risk to turn any offer down this year just because of an article you have read at this stage.
If you got 4 offers you could consider that article with all the other evidence to decide which to firm.
If unfortunately you get no offers you could reapply strategically and cross your fingers and work on whatever feedback you get to fix it.
On the top/not top med schools argument, there are lots of different factors and it is a regular debate on here. To me a top med school is one that offers you a place. Your career from there is what you make it. I appreciate international applicants may have different criteria..