Students called in to help as flu grips the UK
Hospitals and GP practices in the UK have called on medical students to fill staffing gaps amid a surge in winter flu cases.
The British Medical Association says this is “extremely worrying” and has raised concerns about patient safety and student exploitation.
There was a 78% rise in flu cases reported by GP practices last week.
This is a desperate measure by hospitals to cope with a struggling system, says BMA Medical Students co-chair Dr Harrison Carter.
In an email to students, one university hospital urged fourth- and