Without adverse selection future medics will come from the privileged classes…

Nicola Woodcock in the Times reports 7th September 2017: Nearly third of pupils have received private tuition

About three in ten children have had private tuition outside school, research published today suggests.
Teenagers from wealthier families are twice as likely to have received additional help compared with their poorer classmates, and those from minority ethnic backgrounds are more likely to have had a tutor than white pupils.
Private tuition is the “hidden secret” in an “educational arms race” that reinforces the advantages of richer children, according to the Sutton Trust, which commissioned the report.
A poll of more than 2,600 secondary schoolchildren found that three in ten had received private or home tuition, including music lessons, at some stage. This is up from a quarter last year.
More than a third of those from more advantaged households said that they had received private tuition, this year’s survey found, compared with less than a fifth of those from poorer families.

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More than half of Asian pupils and more than two fifths of black pupils said that they had had a tutor, compared with a quarter of white children.
The trust said that it was calling for schools to establish “homework clubs” to give poorer pupils the support they needed and urged government to introduce a voucher system, using money set aside for disadvantaged children, to provide addition tuition.

Anna Davies in the Evening Standard reported first on 6th September 2017: Revealed: Half of London school pupils have received private tuition

Jemma Crew in the Independent also comments. (The shadow education market is now worth £2 billion….

Without adverse selection future medics will come from the privileged classes… Years of unethical recruitment, whilst rejecting the bulk of UK applicants are coming home to roost. Meanwhile, thousands of “nurses” are not what they seem, and patients die because “real” nurses are too busy.

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It’s the future of medical education which worries many of us.

First UK private medical school opens with £36,000 fees. A regressive development, which could increase inequalities further.

High price to pay for medical school crisis. devaluing of medical professionals’ jobs will gradually reduce the calibre of applicants…

West ‘has drained ebola-hit countries of medical staff’ – Unethical recruitment

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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