The Good Schools Guide Blog
Getting in to a medical school to study medicine is not easy. Most medical schools and universities require a minimum of three As at A level, usually specifying science subjects.
And once you're in, the work really starts. Most medical students will study for a minimum of five years. Then there are years of training and experience as a junior doctor. If you want to become a GP, there will be three more years' training in General Practice. It can take around ten years to become a fully qualified GP.
It is on these people - highly educated, highly motivated, dedicated and hard-working - that the Health Secretary seeks to impose a new contract of employment. This despite their deep disquiet about the provisions implicit in the details.
We wonder what impact this is having on the school students now only weeks away from their A levels, with aspirations to qualify as doctors in our NHS and to serve our community?
The last thing we need is to demotivate our own doctors-to-be. So, let us reassure you - we value your hard work, we need your commitment and we urge you to maintain your vocation.