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Medical society warns tuition fee plans could impact health service

Thu, 10 Jan 2013

Student protests out Tynwald
Student protests out Tynwald

The Department of Education and Children says it understands concerns that bringing in tuition fees could affect the Island’s health service.

The Isle of Man Medical Society is worried about the potential impact it could have on students studying for medical degrees.

It says making students pay at least £2,500 towards their fees, typically over a five year period, could pose a “significant and real risk” to the future provision of healthcare.

The society also believes government must do more to make it attractive for people to return to the Island, bringing their skills with them, as well as ensuring a fair repayment structure.

Director of education Martin Barrow says he understands concerns but that the department has put thought into the proposals:

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