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Private online GP service to offer £500 grants to medical students

Push Doctor, the private online GP consultation service, has announced a new £500 grant for medical students.

It has invited medical students which are in their second year onwards at a UK university to apply for the cash, which will be topped up with a one-year free subscription to the Push Doctor premium membership service.

Applicants should provide a statement explaining why they are passionate about becoming a doctor and why the grant will be useful to them personally.

Although Push Doctor will not stipulate how to spend the cash is spent, it recommends it be put towards medical supplies, travel, books and resources and any additional courses.

Push Doctor founder and CEO, Eren Ozagir, said: ‘We are introducing this grant to invest in the future of healthcare and the next generation of British doctors.’

The three lucky recipients will be announced in January 2018.

The digital health brand – which charges £25 for an online consultation – has previously been the centre of controversy, having been found ‘inadequate’ by the CQC earlier this year.

It has also been accused of ‘taking advantage of the access problems’ in general practice, while GPs have also warned that ‘such services ignore how essential physical examinations are’.