Medway signs up for medical school
by Natalie Vincent Fri 6 April 2018, 2:24 pm
Plans to build Kent's first medical school in Medway have been praised as an 'essential boost' for improving healthcare for residents.
The bid for Medway and Kent Medical School was submitted by Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent in November 2017, with the announcement made by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Health Education England on 19 March.
The school will bring together health and medical education from the two institutions and local healthcare organisations to offer a new model of patient-focused medical education that will combat the shortage of GPs in the county.
David Brake, portfolio holder for public health at Medway Council, said: "This will benefit our local health care system as more doctors will be trained and work in local GP practices.
"I am also pleased with the government’s plans to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds study at the new medical school. This will help increase access to these courses for local people, benefiting Medway communities."