Medical Students Committee

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Priorities of the Medical Students Committee (MSC)

With the right support and development as well as a stable career path, we see doctors delivering a sustainable NHS. Here are our top priorities.

MSC policy is set by the annual Medical Students Conference and the BMA's Annual Representative Meeting (ARM).

As future doctors, we want to safeguard our NHS. Taken from our latest report, our five priorities for the year are summarised below.


1. Finance

We should widen participation in medicine and improve financial support for students.

Our recommendations


2. Jobs

We must consider options to end oversubscription to the foundation programme and guarantee placements for eligible medical students.

Our recommendations

  • Keep the overseas cap in place


3. Assessments

We should ensure a consistent and evidenced based approach to assessment of medical students while embracing current strengths such as the diversity of curricula across our medical schools.

Our recommendations

  • Ensure consistent delivery of the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA)
  • Combine the PSA with regular and timely communications


4. Training

We must provide a period of stability and consistency for medical training.

Our recommendations

  • Ensure that further elements of the Educational Performance Measure (EPM) are not eroded


5. Contracts

We should improve the working conditions of doctors in training by ensuring safe working hours, fair and transparent pay and high quality training and rotas. We also need a contract that respects the right to a life outside work.

Our recommendations

  • Support the development of a  new contract for junior doctors by the BMA in negotiation with government


Read the full MSC report

Future doctors, safeguarding our NHS: BMA MSC UK priorities (June 2015).

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