It is "astonishing" the BMJ should criticise the Government for focusing so heavily on academic achievement and not a policy the Department of Education "will ever apologise for," a spokesman said.
Getting a good education is the surest way out of poverty - and poverty is one of the greatest causes of ill-health.
It is frankly astonishing that the BMJ should criticise this Government for 'encouraging schools to maximise students' academic attainment'.
That is not something which we will ever apologise for.
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