As the NHS struggles to cope with record numbers of people needing hospital treatment, it is taking steps to limit the impact on its students.
In response to the NHS budget cuts, the Government has announced that it will introduce a new compulsory three-week period of intensive care for patients with severe acute respiratory illnesses.
The Department of Health says this will make it easier for those with life-threatening illnesses to get the treatment they need.
But as the Department for Education says: The Government has taken a number of steps to make it simpler for patients to access intensive care, including: Introducing a new three-month period of hospitalisation for patients who are seriously ill.
The new scheme will begin on December 1.
It will be paid for by the taxpayer and be made available for anyone to use on a rolling basis to make an appointment with the specialist treating them.