News in brief: September 2010
Loans given to medical students could be dubbed “forgivable” in an attempt to attract people from poorer backgrounds into the profession, according to the BMA.
Under the proposed scheme, doctors who commit to working for the NHS could have some of their loan paid off by the government. The BMA claims the scheme would establish a stronger link between medical students and the NHS, dissuading newly qualified doctors from leaving the United Kingdom to work abroad.
Currently, the average debt among medical students is more than £37 000 at graduation, which the BMA says deters people from poorer backgrounds from studying medicine (www.bbc.co.uk/news/10441590).
Poor leadership, disagreements among donors, and general disorganisation have hampered efforts to rebuild Haiti since it was struck by an earthquake in January, according to a report by the US Senate.
The report said that “while many immediate humanitarian relief priorities appear to have been met, there are