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DAUK’s treasurer Dr Elissa Abi-Raad writes in Metro: “I’m a proud immigrant doctor, but paying off my student debt feels impossible”

The moment I opened my first pay cheque from working as an NHS junior doctor, I was shocked. 

I was 25 at the time and I’d moved to the UK from Lebanon to study medicine and then start my career. 

My total pay came to £1,800 and I couldn’t believe it. My rent was £950, plus I had to pay for bills, food, furniture, medical supplies – like scrubs and stethoscopes – and my £2,000 visa on top of that. How was I supposed to take care of myself? 

Read the full piece in Metro here