Pretty hard to ignore the evidence of my own eyes.
I ended up here by accident because a biology teacher told me I should study medicine.
I came from a single parent family - my father had schizophrenia and killed himself and my mother had mental health problems.
In the enlightened times of the late 80s I got into medicine after c, and 2 e predictions for A level but with a very supporting letter from school, on a 3 c offer and with a full grant to support me thereafter.
I can categorically state that there would have been no place or career for me in medicine in the 21st century.
I'm massively privileged, understand that my vocation is a glorious socialist enterprise, Illich's 'medical nemesis' notwithstanding, and try my best despite the compromise of working in an increasingly financialised system. I met a plastic surgeon I was at medical school with last week. He can make 30k from a single private operation and was exorting me to take up private practice.
Bevan was asked how he was going to persuade private doctors to work for a public service.....'I'll stuff their mouths with gold' the answer. Pretty sure the 35% real terms paycut doctors have experienced since 2010 is targetted to facilitate the reverse.
I'll hold out until I'm 67 and then like Boxer they can boil me for glue.