Students called in to help as flu grips the UK

Medical association has raised concerns about safety and exploitation

Hospitals and GP practices in the UK have called on medical students to fill staffing gaps amid a surge in winter flu cases.

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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

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