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A project aimed at encouraging youngsters from deprived backgrounds to become GPs is appealing for doctors willing to offer work experience. A group of 40 16-year-olds attended a summer school earlier this year where they were tutored by GPs and watched operations.
Now the Dick Whittington project is seeking London-based GPs who will offer volunteer work once a week or during holidays.
Dr Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care at University College London and director of the project, said: 'A lot of bright kids from deprived backgrounds don't have the opportunities middle-class kids have.'