BMA conference to discuss Derry medical school

The British Medical Association in Northern Ireland will hold their annual conference at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast later this month.
The British Medical Association in Northern Ireland will hold their annual conference at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast later this month.
  • There have been initial discussions on a medical school for Derry
  • The BMA are to discuss it at their annual conference
  • They say the school must not disadvantage entrants from low income families

The annual conference of the British Medical Assocation (BMA) in Northern Ireland will discuss the proposals for the establishment of a medical school for Derry at the event which will take place at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast later this month.

The BMA is the professional association and registered trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom.

In March this year, then Health Minister Simon Hamilton met with representatives of Ulster University to discuss initial proposals to establish a Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee College.

The BMA has included a motion on their agenda at the conference which states: “That any establishment of a second medical school in Northern Ireland should be accompanied by an appropriate number of fully funded training places, that any expansion of training places needs to be part of an overall medical workforce plan for Northern Ireland and also that the entry criteria to medical school in Northern Ireland must not disadvantage young people in Northern Ireland, particularly those from low-income families.”

Earlier this year Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice Chancellor, Ulster University stressed that discussions were in their very early stages, but said :” We have strong ambitions for Ulster University in Derry and remain fully committed to realising its full potential and delivering significant skills and economic benefits to the wider region.”