The NHS has been criticised for a ‘shameless’ scheme to recruit new medical students from the medical profession, which has seen thousands of applicants come in for courses they do not qualify for.
In a letter to the medical and nursing colleges, the Medical Council has accused the system of “brazenly” exploiting the NHS to fill vacancies.
The scheme, which was revealed last week, saw a number of doctors and nurses sign up to enrol, and then were told to submit an application to a new medical school after they were contacted by NHS managers.
This has led to an influx of medical students into the NHS, with the total number of applicants currently standing at around 30,000.
The medical council has previously warned that the scheme was “deeply unfair”, and urged the universities to be “more transparent” about their recruitment processes.
It has also called for a review of the current recruitment system.
The letter comes in the wake of a spate of new applications for medical school.
A report published by the Medical Research Council earlier this year found that just under 1,200 students had applied for the medical school in the last year, with nearly half of those coming from the public sector.
The report also found that the average age of applicants was 22, with just a few having more than 20 years experience.
It added: “It would be a disservice to all those who applied for these posts, including the hundreds of thousands of new graduates currently enrolled at the medical schools across the UK.” “
It is in our view the current recruiting process is not sufficiently transparent to allow for meaningful and fair consideration of applicants.”
It added: “It would be a disservice to all those who applied for these posts, including the hundreds of thousands of new graduates currently enrolled at the medical schools across the UK.”
One of the doctors who applied to a newly-opened medical school is the father of a 16-year-old girl, who is now the youngest patient to receive a successful transplant.
The mother-of-two, who was unable to complete the training in her home state of Michigan, is now waiting for a kidney transplant in England.
“The NHS is trying to get people into medical schools in the UK who have no qualifications and who are not qualified,” Dr Jumana Pandya, the director of the transplant unit at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, told the BBC.
“You can’t get any further than this.”
The new medical schools are currently recruiting for a number courses that do not apply to existing medical students.
“There’s a shortage of applicants,” Dr Pandya added.
We need to look at the different kinds of people who are interested in being a medical student and we need to give the best opportunity to people who want to apply.”