Wales needs additional places for medical students
- By: Jason O'Neale Roach
The National Assembly for Wales is working on a proposal for a second medical school campus in Wales. The proposal is the result of a collaborative approach between the University of Wales College of Medicine (UCWM) and the University of Wales Swansea.
Dai Lloyd, a member of the Plaid Cymru Assembly and general practitioner, who proposed the campus in a debate of the assembly, said that Wales was now facing a recruitment crisis for doctors. The British government announced last year that they are planning to train an extra 1000 doctors per year across the whole of the UK. The first step in the initiative was to allocate pro rata 158 additional places to existing medical schools, and the second step was to allocate another 684 students to universities who had tendered successful applications.
At present, only 35 of the 1000 new places at medical school that the British government