Positive discrimination favours no one
- By: Kinesh patel
Equal access, outreach schemes, helping the disadvantaged, increasing ethnic minority representation, or whatever you want to call it, has come to dominate UK general and medical politics recently. Looking around at medical school, the medical profession in waiting does not reflect the populace as a whole. Certain ethnic minorities are over-represented, others under-represented, and, as for men, they seem to be a dying breed.
What has been a principal focus of government recently is a perceived need to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in medical school—a laudable aim. Few could argue that medicine's purposes are best served by operating within the narrow confines of elitism.
But what would be the best way of increasing the number of pupils with potential who attend poor schools? Maybe by selecting schoolchildren early enough for transfer to a better school, or by raising standards across the board, so that underprivileged children