Nicola Sturgeon announces £23m to help disadvantaged students enter medicine in Scotland

50 more places at medical schools for those from deprived areas and ‘entry level’ programmes among measures planned over five years by first minister

Nicola Sturgeon is to spend £23m on boosting the number of students from poor backgrounds at Scottish medical schools after a study found they were dominated by attendees from the most affluent homes.

The first minister’s initiative draws heavily on data disclosed by the Guardian that only 4.3% of students at Scotland’s five medical schools came from the poorest 20% of postcodes, with Scottish students more likely to be from private schools or with parents from elite professions.

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50 more places at medical schools for those from deprived areas and ‘entry level’ programmes among measures planned over five years by first minister

Nicola Sturgeon is to spend £23m on boosting the number of students from poor backgrounds at Scottish medical schools after a study found they were dominated by attendees from the most affluent homes.

The first minister’s initiative draws heavily on data disclosed by the Guardian that only 4.3% of students at Scotland’s five medical schools came from the poorest 20% of postcodes, with Scottish students more likely to be from private schools or with parents from elite professions.

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