Magee council motion to build momentum for Medical school -Duffy

Sinn Féin Council group leader on Derry City and Strabane District Council Councillor Sandra Duffy is to bring a motion before the full council meeting on Thursday to keep building momentum around the ongoing campaign for a Medical school at Magee University.

Cllr. Sandra Duffy said: “It’s vitally important that we continue to build momentum across all parties and in partnership with civic society, business representatives and community leaders around the ongoing campaign for a Medical school at Magee University.

“Funding of £105 million has already been secured, as part of the North West Inclusive Growth Deal, of which the Graduate Entry Medical School is a main catalyst project. It has overwhelming political support and the report from the Auditor General in April also highlighted the need for more doctors to be trained and retained in the North West.

“All of this reinforces the need for the planned graduate entry medical school so the onus is now on the Department of Health so sign off on the business case and I hope all parties will back my motion calling for that to happen without any further delay.”

Motion

That this Council welcomes the £105 million funding secured, as part of the North West Inclusive Growth Deal, of which the Graduate Entry Medical School is a main catalyst project.

That this Council calls on the Department of Health to sign off on the Ulster University’s plan for a Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee.

The Council notes the widespread support for the social, economic and medical necessity of this project over many years, from all political, civic, business representatives and in particular the leaders of the 5 largest political parties.