By Niall Selman
Local hospitals have recruited Leeds University medical students to help combat the growing number of patients admitted to their care.
In an agreement that sees nearly 300 final year students work on a voluntary basis, Professor Paul Stewart, Dean of the School of Medicine at University of Leeds says it is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to supplement their studies.
“Our final-year students already spend about 90% of their time on placement, shadowing and working with junior and senior doctors in the NHS, and recognising the current strain that the NHS is under, we wanted to offer our additional support.”
Though one unnamed student labelled the move “desperate”, Professor Stewart believes the current NHS shortage is the perfect time for aspiring doctors to “rise to the occasion”.
“Not only is this volunteering a key way of getting additional experience but they are demonstrating outstanding professionalism in stepping up to support patient care and colleagues.”