Med student hardship fund launched

A HARDSHIP fund has been launched to help medical students in financial difficulties.

A pilot scheme has been set up by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund which says a small but important number of students are facing real financial hardship due to unexpected and often distressing circumstances.

Traditionally the RMBF has helped doctors and their families in need, but they are now extending this help to trainees.

Applicants to the Medical Student Financial Hardship Fund will have to meet eligibility criteria and go on to qualify and practise as doctors.

The charity’s CEO Steve Crone said: “Alongside our core work of helping doctors, we have identified a significant need amongst medical students. This is new ground for the RMBF and we aim to make a significant difference in the lives of those that we help”.

The charity has reported a higher number of enquiries in January and February 2012 with an increasing trend for younger, recent graduates asking for help, as well as those in their early thirties with young families.

Student applications cannot be made directly to the RMBF. Students should approach their university student welfare officer or the head of their medical school for more information.