Middle class students should be asked to pay higher tuition fees to
help subsidise talented candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds,
it has been claimed.
In an interview with the Guardian, Dr Peter Rubin, chair of General
Medical Council, said the UK should follow the lead taken by
America, where the practice has already been adopted by the likes
of Harvard and Stanford.
The US system ensures students from well-off backgrounds pay high
fees which are put, in part, towards scholarships for those who
would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend a world-leading
Dr Rubin suggested this could also help employers, as talent would
be maximised to strengthen the workforce pool.
"Ensuring that universities take in students from all backgrounds
is crucial to ensure that everyone reaches their full potential,"
he told the news provider.
"The country cannot afford to waste talent."
Medical degrees in particular are dominated by well-off students
due to the lengthy nature of the course and the amount of debt
incurred as a result, Dr Rubin said.
The GMC aims to promote good medical practise in the UK in addition
to ensuring medical education is sufficiently rigorous.
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