Last week, when the A level results came out, the daughter of a friend of mine had, what she called crap results. She had one A and three B's.
Since she was a little girl she had always wanted to be a Doctor. Unfortunately her results weren't good enough to give her access to any medical course in any UK university.
A couple of weeks ago Leanne Wood made the pertinent point that:
Welsh NHS Trusts are facing problems recruiting doctors because of new immigration rules.
There are up to 25 per cent vacancies in some key specialities with some Trusts having an over-reliance on locum or agency doctors. Nearly 200 vacancies have been identified at just four of the NHS Trusts in Wales.
At the risk of being called racist, why are we refusing medical training to Welsh girls who could fill some of these vacancies?
If there are 200 vacancies for doctors in Welsh NHS trusts, why are Welsh medical school entry requirements so high as to discourage 200 Welsh school leavers from attempting to train to fill those vacancies?
My friend's daughter has embarked on a nursing course. Something that was available, in my day, to those with two C grade O levels – what a waste of an education! What awaste of public fund investment in her A level education!