Long-overdue announcement by Executive Office will make a huge contribution to local economy and underpins future of Magee College
Kevin McAdam, Unite Regional Officer with responsibility for the Health sector in Northern Ireland welcomed the confirmation by the Executive Office that a long promised medical school at Magee college in Derry/Londonderry will open in 2021.
“Against a challenging backdrop for healthcare in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic – this is tremendous news and will provide a much needed lift to people in the Northwest.
“This project has been driven by those in the health and academic communities who have continued to make the case for a second medical school located outside Belfast. This decision does not just underpin the future of Magee College in Derry but will drive growth in the regional economy.
“Having a medical school located in the Northwest will mean that it is much easier to recruit and retain skilled and newly-qualified health and social care professionals in the local health service. Given its location in the Western Trust region, it is hoped that the benefit will extend down the length of the Trust’s geography down the western corridor.
“It is vital that this commitment is made real and that students are enrolled to commence courses in the new medical school in little over a year. There is an undeniable demand for additional healthcare staffing which means we urgently must seek to train up and retain our own medics and clinical experts to fill the gap”, Mr McAdam concluded.