UK to gain two new medical schools
The UK will have two new medical schools by 2002, the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) announced last month. The development is part of a joint HEFCE and Department of Health programme to increase the number of medical students by 1100 each year by 2005. The increase is needed to counter a growing shortage of NHS doctors.
The new medical schools will be based at the University of East Anglia and in the south west of England. The University of East Anglia Medical School will be situated on the existing university campus in Norwich, with provision for clinical teaching at the new Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. In the south west, a Peninsula Medical School will be run as a joint venture between Exeter and Plymouth Universities. Teaching will be spread across three sites in Exeter, Plymouth, and Truro. The Peninsula school will provide more doctors for the region,