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by Sarah Moore
I am about to graduate from Cardiff Medical School; I have very much enjoyed my time on the Welsh Medical Students Committee. It has been an interesting year, the highlight being when I represented the WMSC at the National Medical Student’s conference in London, in April. I presented a motion which highlighted the need for minimum standards for student accommodation within primary care.
GP surgeries are allocated funds to provide suitable accommodation for students, but there are wide discrepancies in quality of provisions. The nature of primary care attachments is that they are very diverse, particularly in Wales. We are not discouraging diversity, simply requesting that there are minimum standards so that students are housed in a suitable safe environment whilst they are attached to GPs, whether in rural or urban areas. The motion was passed at the student conference, and later featured in an article BMA News.
This issue is not unique to students studying in Wales and over the coming months WMSC will be working closely with the MSC to work on this policy. Since the motion was passed, Cardiff Medical School have been keen to engage with the WMSC about this; outgoing WMSC Chair, Klara Brzyska and I recently had a meeting with university staff to discuss the development of the minimum standards for Cardiff medical students. We were encouraged by what has been drawn up and hope for successful implementation of these standards. The MSC may not adopt these on a national basis, but we are pleased that Cardiff Medical School are moving forward and listening to the student voice.
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