Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has called on the civil service to work with Ulster University to ensure the delivery of a medical school at Magee.
The Foyle MP said:
“There is an unanimous voice coming from the north west on the need for a medical school to be established at Magee as part of the expansion of the university.
“The response from the head of the civil service to Derry City and Strabane District Council on the issue of the medical school has been disappointing.
“The issues he raises are out of date and irrelevant and do not recognise the work Ulster University have done in taking this issue forward along with other partners.
“The Gardiner Report, which was commissioned by the civil service, outlines the need to train more doctors to meet the shortfall that exists in areas like the north west.
“The civil service and, in particular, the departments of finance, health and economy need to step up to the plate and work with us, Ulster University and the other parters from the north west to ensure this project is delivered.”