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Students welcome in UK?

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:43 GMT

Author: susanne mccabe
Position: retired
Submitted Date: June 25, 2005
Published Date: July 5, 2005
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The media this week is reporting concerns expressed by medical organistions in the UK about the number of students training and working in the UK. They claim the situation has led to discontent when British born students are less able to find training places and subsequent placements. Many students and medics from other countries add value to debates in medical and other journals by educative information about cultural matters, eg what may be acceptable treatment to women in one area may not be in another; they add different philosophical perspectives which help to educate others and have important local knowledge amongst other attributes. Many challenge accepted attitudes in the uK, including exposing racist practices in UK establishments. UK is in some areas a multi-cultural society but one where tensions and inequalities negatively effect students from non-white and poor economic circumstances. The UK has hugely benefitted from the input of workers from other countries - it now seems they are more blatantly being given the message that they are not that welcome.

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