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Doctors: Training

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of students undertaking medical education with a view to qualification as a doctor under the Widening Participation Scheme who are from (a) white British and (b) black Caribbean backgrounds in the most recent period for which figures are available. (207688)

Ethnicity figures for all medical students in England are shown in table 1. Several medical schools run schemes to encourage applications from bright students from disadvantaged or non-traditional backgrounds. Data on admissions through these schemes are not collected centrally, but a recent article in the British Medical Journal highlighted the success of the Extended Medical Degree Programme run by King’s College London. Ethnicity figures for students on this programme are shown in table 2.

Table 1: UK domiciled medical1 enrolments by ethnicity—English higher education institutions—2006/07 academic year

Ethnicity

Number

Proportion2 (percentage)

White—British

21,785

61.3

Black or black British—Caribbean

180

0.5

Black or black British—African

955

2.7

Other ethnicities

12,595

35.5

Total with known ethnicity

35,515

100.0

Information refused

1,315

3.5

Not known/missing

1,055

2.8

Total

37,880

100.0

1 Medical includes students enrolled on the principal subjects Pre-Clinical Medicine and Clinical Medicine only.

2 Ethnicity proportions are calculated using the total with known ethnicity. Information refused and not known/missing proportions are calculated using the overall total.

Note:

Figures are on a HESA Standard Registration Population basis and have been rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.

Table 2: Ethnic origin of King’s College London EMDP students 2002-06

Percentage

White British

7

Black African

35

Black Caribbean

1