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In a new report, he "will urge teaching hospitals to do more to open up work experience to less well-off teenagers, as well as calling on them to actively select students with poorer grades to study medicine."
"We won't get a more mobile society unless we create more of a level playing field of opportunity. I wouldn't view it as positive discrimination … I view it as widening the pool of talent from which medicine recruits."
Of course, the rise in tuition fees does not help. I have heard about poorer students being priced out of studying medicine - see this post for more info: http://doc2doc.bmj.com/forums/bmj_careers_attention-graduates-being-priced-out-of-studying-medicine-viewhelp-needed
Is the medical profession only for the well-off? Is it becoming more difficult for less well-off students to apply? And in the name of social mobility, should poorer students be supported to get into medical school? Should they be given special dispensation (i.e. poorer grades, as Milburn suggests) to be let into medical school?