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University delays submitting private college proposal

The University of Central Lancashire did not submit an application last year to open a private medical school as planned, the BMA has learned.

The GMC had anticipated a formal application for the school, after first meeting with the dean at Central Lancashire’s school of postgraduate medical and dental education.

The regulator had expected to receive an outline proposal in mid-April 2012 and a formal application to be submitted in August.

But a university spokesperson confirmed that the GMC application would not be sent in 2012, although they insisted that there was no delay and the initial time frame had only been an indicative situation.

The spokesperson said: ‘The proposal is currently being written, and we hope to submit it to the GMC during the summer of 2013.’

The BMA medical students committee has repeatedly expressed concerns that private medical schools could worsen foundation programme over-subscription, compound other workforce planning issues, and affect attempts to widen participation in medicine.

MSC joint deputy chair Melody Redman insisted: ‘Our profession must represent the communities we serve, and having the money to pay for a private course does not make you a better doctor.’