Warning of NHS recruitment disaster as Universities consider top up fees
Plans to charge medical students up to the full cost of their university courses could be disastrous for the NHS recruitment drive, warned the BMA this month.
Details of future funding are expected in the government's white paper on education. But the government announced this week that the publication of the paper is to be delayed for a third time, until January 2003. Currently, student fees in publicly funded institutions are capped at a maximum of £1100 per year ($1738; a1723), payable on a means tested basis.
Tony Blair has confirmed that the government will uphold its manifesto pledge not to increase fees during this parliament. It seems likely that this will change in the future, and, although government funding remains undecided, universities are considering their stance on the introduction of top up fees.
Little consensus was reached regarding future charges at a recent meeting of the Russell Group of