South Thanet’s Member of Parliament, Craig Mackinlay MP, has welcomed the news that Kent will host one of five brand new medical schools.
The Kent Medical School, based at the Universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church, will open its doors to 100 student doctors in 2020.
Kent has been chosen as part of a rigorous bidding process to help place more medical students in areas which traditionally struggle to attract doctors, particularly rural and coastal areas.
It will mean that, for the first time, Kent will have its own medical school, delivering benefits not just for the local area but also for NHS patients.
Previous studies show that doctors tend to remain in the areas they trained in.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“A Medical School for Kent is fantastic news and a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to addressing regional imbalance across England.
“This educational facility will be key to the training and retention of 100 new doctors and will be of massive benefit to both Kent students and patients alike.”