England to have two more medical schools
- By: James S Dawson
Collaboration between existing universities will be the foundation for two new medical schools whose doors will open by 2006. Joint proposals by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex (128 places) and by the Universities of Hull and York (130 places) have been accepted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), as have the allocation of a further 775 places to existing medical schools in England. These changes will bring the annual intake to medical schools in England to nearly 6000, and the number of medical schools to 21 by 2006.
hese recent proposals stem from the findings of a joint exercise by the HEFCE and the Department of Health, and they reflect the NHS's need for more doctors. In September 2000 universities were invited to submit proposals for extra medical student places, and the results were released by the HEFCE in March.
The two new medical schools will