Speaking about the announcement that the graduate-entry medical school at Ulster University’s Magee campus has finally been given approval, Dr Tom Black, chair of BMA’s Northern Ireland Council, said: “Although it has been a long time coming, this is a very welcome piece of positive news during one of the most uncertain and unprecedented health emergencies we have faced in a generation.
“The COVID-19 pandemic brought the chronic medical staffing gaps in our health service into sharp focus, as the enlisting of retired doctors and early graduation of final year medical students showed. This new school will mean more medical students graduating annually in Northern Ireland and then staying on not only to treat our growing and aging population but to support our health service should such a pandemic like this ever happen again.
“Medical students are also more likely to stay and work in the areas in which they study, so a medical school based in the North West will go some way to address the workforce issues we have on that side of Northern Ireland. These workforce issues are especially acute in general practice, which is the specialism this medical school will focus on.”
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