First UK private medical school degree delayed following GMC concerns
- By: Matthew Billingsley
A private medical school degree course that was due to start in September 2014 has been delayed by a year after a review by the General Medical Council.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) planned to charge students £35 000 (€44 640; $57 350) a year for its five year MB BS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. It would have been the first privately funded medical course to open in the UK.
However, the GMC has expressed concerns about the “arrangements in place for the selection of students, the curriculum coherence and structure, assessment and quality management” in a report about the preparedness of the school.1
The regulator said it was concerned that the course would not meet the standards and outcomes set out in its guidelines Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009),2 which all UK medical schools must comply with. The GMC was also concerned by the lack of senior staff in