Responding to the State of the nation report from the Social Mobility Commission, on social mobility in Great Britain, Harrison Carter, BMA medical students committee co-chair, said:
“It is incredibly disappointing to see that despite efforts from the medical profession, the lack of people from lower socio economic backgrounds entering the profession is still a reality.
“The BMA has long campaigned for an NHS workforce that represents the diverse population it serves. Students with the potential to become fantastic doctors should not be overlooked simply because of their background. The profession must be open to those most able, not those most able to pay.
“Potential medical students from working class backgrounds must be encouraged and supported by the education system and medical profession, so that a career that is currently considered as closed off to them becomes a real option.” ENDS