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MEDICAL SCHOOL ‘A GAMECHANGER FOR LINCOLNSHIRE’S NHS’ SAYS MATT WARMAN MP

Boston and Skegness MP hails success of Lincolnshire MPs’ campaign for a Lincolnshire Medical School

Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a new medical school for Lincolnshire. “I campaigned for Lincolnshire to get its own medical school since I was elected in 2015 because I know it will be a gamechanger for our local NHS”, said Matt.

The new medical school will be based at the University of Lincoln, and will be a new collaboration between Nottingham and Lincoln Universities. It will offer 80 training places, starting from September 2019.

The five new medical schools across England were chosen after a rigorous bidding process which allowed for prioritisation of areas with a shortage of doctors overall or in certain specialties. Overall, they will help to deliver 1,500 new medical training places across England by 2020, alongside existing medical schools which have demonstrated a commitment to sending more trainees to rural or coastal areas and increasing the number of GPs and mental health specialists.

The schools will also work closely with their local communities to help talented students from all backgrounds become doctors, widening access to medicine and ensuring the profession reflects the population it serves.

Matt said, “I am delighted by today’s announcement of a medical school for Lincolnshire, which I have campaigned for, alongside Lincolnshire’s MPs and our local healthcare professionals, since my election in 2015. It is great news for our local NHS and especially for patients, who I know often struggle to get an appointment with a GP, as studies have shown that doctors tend to remain in the areas they trained in.

“The commitment to sending more trainees to rural and coastal areas is particularly important for our county, which has historically struggled to recruit GPs, and I have no doubt that the new medical school will help to address this. I look forward to welcoming the new recruits to Boston and Skegness during their training and beyond.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt said, “Setting up five new medical schools is part of the biggest ever expansion of our medical and nursing workforce, which we will need to deal with the challenge of around one million more over 75s in a decade’s time. These schools are being set up in parts of the country where it is can be hard to recruit and attract new doctors – but it will benefit the doctors everywhere as we start to eliminate the rota gaps that add so much pressure to their work.”
The new medical schools are based at:

  • University of Sunderland
  • Edge Hill University
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • University of Lincoln (a new collaboration between Nottingham and Lincoln Universities to establish a new medical school based in Lincoln)
  • Universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church
  • Aston University is also significantly expanding their existing medical school
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