In addition, due to the intensity of their studies medical students have less opportunities to work to support themselves. They have to rely on parental or grant support during their studies.
The UK could be denied some great potential doctors simply because they cannot afford to complete their studies. This would be a calamity and should not be allowed to happen.
The government needs to come up with a system which will enable all students equal opportunity to access university education and sufficiently fund the institutions. The NUS Blueprint definitely offers a viable alternative, as long as a funding system for Universities can be found in the interim.