Privilege and Medicine – Live Facts in the UK

By | February 7, 2019

In a British Medical Association’s survey, a fierce fact reflected on the Britain’s medical profession. A huge 80% of medical students come from the most affluent families and background containing professionals, higher managerial roles and a quarter students from private institutions. Studies shows applicants from such privileged backgrounds are most likely to get selected than the poorer families for medical education.

The Medical School Council has shown concerns after figuring half of secondary schools students have never applied to a medical school. The council plans to cater right opportunities to everyone with the aptitude to be excellent professionals.

The findings prescribed some live facts relating privilege and medicine in the UK.

1. Underprivileged students less likely to apply

Secondary schools students from underprivileged backgrounds are less likely to apply to study medicine while also less likely to get accepted to study medicine. In January 2016, a MSC’s study found more than 50% of medical applicants belonged to the most affluent neighbourhoods of the country.

2. Affluent social groups are over-represented

The Medical Schools Council student entry data shows 29% of students of most advantaged backgrounds apply to the medical school.

The Selecting for Excellence Group 2013 of the council, which aims to widen the participation of students in the medicine, confirms those 29% in comparison to the 1% of students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

3. Students from private schools are over- represented

The Higher Education Statistics Authority statistics show a quarter of medical students in the first year with first degree had a private school education. In all over the UK, these schools educate only 7% of scholars. From 2007 to 2012, only 1% of the total privately instituted student failed in medicine.

4. Private school student are less good

Another living fact in the UK is that the students who are educated from private and grammar performs less good than the students from non-selective schools. Such findings are from the BMC Medicine first year exam results. The research was done in 4811 students at 12 UK medical schools.

5. Medical trainees from private schools less likely to become GP

Centre for Health Economics in December 2015 reported junior doctors from private schools less likely to choose General Practice than those from other institutions. Such students with socioeconomic backgrounds seemed to choose other specialty than the GP.

As to speak, the studies outlined a simple fact that the UK mostly in the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland medical school recruits is profoundly influenced from high socio-economic groups and professional homes.

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