English medical students face £70 000 debt
Government proposals could deter students from entering medicine
Medical students in England face leaving university with debts of up to £70 000 (€84 000; $109 000), according to the British Medical Association. The estimate follows government proposals to transfer much of the cost of courses from the state to students.
The government has announced that universities could charge between £6000 and £9000 a year from 2012. Those that charge more than £6000 will have to show they are making more effort to encourage applications from the poorest students. Fees are currently £3290 a year. A new £150m national scholarship fund has been set up to encourage bright potential students from lower incomes.
The higher education teaching budget is to be cut by 40%, George Osborne, the chancellor, announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review in October. It will be cut from £7.1bn to £4.2bn over the next four years, with science, technology, engineering, and maths based subjects having their current funding levels