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Hospitals in the United Kingdom have been advised to make sure that clinical placements are offered to students from schools accredited by the General Medical Council only. The issuance of this guidance by the GMC follows a BBC Five Live investigation that raised doubts regarding the validity of some degrees. Some private medical colleges based in the UK rely on NHS hospitals for training but award degrees from foreign institutions. The GMC said that there are currently 27 medical schools whose medical education is in line with the curriculum that it advocates (http://news.bbc.co.uk).
Ireland should restrict the number of medical school places going to high paying non-European Union students to 25% of the total, to make sure that enough Irish doctors are trained, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association told the Irish government in a prebudget submission. The group noted that non-EU students paid a €33 000 (£22 400; $39 600)