Pressure to support students with difficulties
- By: Navin Chohan
The Joint Consultants Committee, a joint committee between the BMA and the medical royal colleges, is backing a campaign pushing for medical schools to allow students with disabilities or chronic illnesses the opportunity to study medicine.
At present British doctors with communicable diseases and some disabilities are allowed by General Medical Council guidelines to continue practising medicine, though they may have to move to disciplines where they do not present a risk to patients. However, the GMC also rules that students with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and some mental health problems are not allowed to start or continue undergraduate medical studies.
The BMA's medical students committee (MSC) has lent full support to the campaign, believing that the policy is discriminatory. The MSC thinks that is time for the GMC to change its “antiquated attitude,” said the committee's chairperson, Jennie Ciechan.
James Johnson, chairman of the JCC, told BMA News that, after