Published 05/09/2011 | 05:00
•Since 2009, entry to university to study medicine has involved not only a good Leaving Certificate result but also high points in a new test (HPAT).
Recently, there have been reports of the fact that students with much lower Leaving Certificate points than in previous years have secured places in medicine. Most commentary, however, neglects to mention that these were not extra places, but have been gained at the expense of a lot of the top-performing students in the Leaving Certificate, who were denied these places.
Students who get more than 550 points are actively discriminated against by having their points above 550 reduced by 80pc.