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Health Insight May 2001:
Two more medical schools to open

  New medical schools will be opened and others will increase their intake, boosting student numbers by more than 1000 from October 2003. There will then be twenty-one medical schools in England. One new school will be based jointly at the Universities of Hull and York, and the other at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. The BMA has, however, warned that the increase in student numbers will only be possible if more funding is made available to help students meet the expense of studying medicine; it says that, since grants were replaced with loans and tuition fees were brought in, many potential doctors have had to abandon their intended careers.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England says that by 2006 the annual intake of medical schools in England will be nearly 6,000 a 50% rise since 1998. (In June 2000, Alan Milburn announced the establishment of the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter and Plymouth and of the University of East Anglia Medical School.)

Sources: BMJ 7 April, Press releases (DoH and Higher Education Funding Council for England)

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