‘This is excellent news’ - Derry Chamber after Medical School approved

Redmond McFadden.Redmond McFadden.
Redmond McFadden. | stephen latimer Photography
Confirmation that the Medical School is definitely going ahead in Derry has been welcomed by the local Chamber of Commerce.

Reacting to the announcement by the deputy First Minister that the Executive has given the go-ahead to a Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee, Chamber President Redmond McFadden said:

“This is excellent news, not just for the North West region but also for Northern Ireland. The hard work starts now to recover from the impact of Covid-19 both on the health of our population and on our economy.

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“A Graduate Entry Medical School will have a hugely positive impact on our regional economy and will provide a significant boost to Northern Ireland’s healthcare workforce. By training and retaining new doctors, nurses and other vital health professionals locally, we can significantly bolster our health service, especially at a time when it is under extreme strain.”

Mr Redmond said everything must now be done to ensure the school is open and ready for its first intake of students in September 2021.

“The Covid-19 emergency has highlighted the importance of our health service. Finally delivering the Medical School would be a lasting legacy to the efforts of our frontline healthcare staff during this crisis.

“I am very pleased that we will finally have a Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee. It is testament to the combined efforts of those across business, education, healthcare and politics, who have worked together on this campaign.

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“As part of the wider City Deal for Derry City and Strabane, the Medical School will drive real economic and social change across the North West and help address years of underfunding and underinvestment in the region.”