Mullan raises Magee medical school with Health Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has welcomed confirmation that the Health Minister will visit Derry for meetings to discuss the Magee medical school. The Foyle MLA said: ‘Today in the Assembly, I raised with the Health Minister need for official sign off on the graduate entry medical school at Magee University …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 25 February]

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Calls for Derry medical school grow as Swann admits impact of Brexit on staffing ‘unknown’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

“The Health Minister cannot say how Brexit will impact on NHS staff numbers as he faces a crippling workforce crisis. Robin Swann said it is not possible to give an accurate assessment of the potential number of vacancies that will arise in the health service as a result of the UK leaving the EU …” (more)

[Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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Magee Medical School needed to train extra 1,000 consultants in Northern Ireland by 2033, BMA warns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2020 by steve

“A second medical school in Northern Ireland must be ‘urgently actioned’ in order to provide an additional 1,000 consultants by 2033, the BMA has warned. Dr Tom Black, the BMA’s Northern Ireland Council chair, told the Stormont health committee that the proposed medical school at Magee college in Londonderry must be created urgently in order to provide care for an ageing population …” (more)

[Mark Edwards, Belfast Telegraph, 20 February]

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Anderson presses minister on medical school

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2020 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed confirmation that the Health Minister is looking at the Magee medical school as a way of tackling the GP shortage. The newly co-opted Foyle MLA said: ‘Today, I raised with the Health Minister the urgent need to progress the delivery of a post-graduate medical school at Magee University …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 February]

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£126 million Ulster University loan a ‘slap in the face’ for Derry

Posted in Governance and administration on February 8th, 2020 by steve

“Derry City and Strabane District Council has called on Stormont not to give Ulster University a £126 million loan for its Belfast campus without any assurances over the expansion of its Magee campus in Derry. The council’s Governance and Strategic Planning Committee voted unanimously for a motion put forward by People Before Profit Councillor Shaun Harkin when it met on Tuesday afternoon …” (more)

[Marianne Flood, Derry Now, 8 February]

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Magee ‘needs freedom from Belfast-centric University of Ulster’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2020 by steve

“Ulster University’s business plan for the expansion of its Magee campus is out of date and needs to be resubmitted, a senior civil servant has told Stormont’s Economy Committee. Heather Cousins, deputy secretary of the Skills and Education Group at the department, said the costs of delivering 9,400 students for Magee had risen by £100m from the £300m estimate in the UU’s original plan …” (more)

[Donna Deeney, Belfast Telegraph, 31 January]

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Ulster University defers decision on health courses

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

“A decision on whether to move Ulster University’s allied health and health sciences courses to Derry to align with a new Magee medical school has been delayed. The transfer of these courses which include physiotherapy, medicines management, sport and exercise medicine, podiatry and occupational therapy, amongst others, would attract in excess of 1,300 students, and are deemed vital to Magee expansion …” (more)

[Garrett Hargan, Derry Now, 20 January]

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£60m for Medical School at Magee College in Derry but MP wants 10,000 students and full university status

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2020 by steve

“The guarantee of £60m to build and staff a new medical School has been warmly welcomed in Derry this week but the expansion of student numbers at Magee remains a key demand. The announcement that the money has been ring-fenced was hailed by Foyle MP Colum Eastwood in the House of Commons yesterday …” (more)

[Kevin Mullan, Derry Journal, 17 January]

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Magee medical school: BMA welcomes funding boost

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2020 by steve

“Funding to kick-start stalled plans for a medical school in Londonderry is ‘such good news’, said the NI chair of the British Medical Association (BMA). A cash injection of £60m was announced on Wednesday for the school at Ulster University’s Magee campus …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 January]

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Magee Medical School: NI deal gives new hope for 2021 opening

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2020 by steve

“The new deal to restore devolution in Northern Ireland has boosted hopes that a new medical school planned for Londonderry could open by next year. Magee Medical College is to be located in Ulster University’s Magee in the city, but the project has been beset by repeated delays and funding problems. It was due to open in 2019 until the Stormont stand-off scuppered the plan …” (more)

[BBC News, 11 January]

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Ulster University and where to find 100 more doctors?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

“It has been an argument raging on for 50 years, it briefly united Unionist and Nationalist elected reps in a period of violent division but it has yet to be resolved; a University for our second city. When the Stormont government attempted to shutdown the Magee University College (as it then was) campus and divert its resources to the New Ulster University in Coleraine which was recommended by the Lockwood Report …” (more)

[Jay Burbank, Slugger O’Toole, 28 November]

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Magee Medical School: The institution waiting to train doctors

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

“It’s a long-running medical drama that – should it have a happy ending – could help address a shortfall in doctors and kick-start a region’s economy. Plans for a medical school in Londonderry were first mooted in the mid-2000s, and submitted to the General Medical Council in 2016 …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 November]

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Ulster University ‘frustration’ over delay to Magee Medical School as chronic shortage of doctors causing crisis in Northern Ireland Health Service

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2019 by steve

“Ulster University have spoken of their ‘frustration’ after the first intake of student doctors at the planned Medical School in Derry was delayed for at least another year due to a lack of Ministers to sign off on funding. Ulster University said it has worked tirelessly with partner agencies to progress the project but that the opportunity to recruit the first students for 2020 has now been lost as a result of the vacuum at Stormont …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 19 November]

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Medical school plans at Magee delayed again

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2019 by steve

“Plans to open a graduate medical school at Ulster University’s Magee campus in Derry have been delayed again. It had been anticipated that the recruitment would begin shortly with medical students to start their studies there next year …” (more)

[Highland News, 19 November]

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Magee medical school ‘could be approved in Westminster’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2019 by steve

“The former speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Lord Alderdice, has said Westminster could approve a medical school in Londonderry in the absence of a devolved government. The school at Ulster University’s Magee campus was meant to open this year …” (more)

[BBC News, 30 October]

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Magee medical school: Lack of business case ‘holding up progress’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2019 by steve

“No progress can be made on a medical training school in Londonderry until Ulster University submits a final business case, peers have been told. The House of Lords heard ‘nothing can happen’ with the proposed school at Magee without the finalised plan. The university previously blamed delays on the lack of a Stormont Executive …” (more)

[BBC News, 29 October]

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‘Time for action on Derry medical school’ – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has reiterated the need for sign off on the Medical School at Magee University. Speaking after attending a cross-party meeting with Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill and the Head of the Civil Service, the Foyle MP said: …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 23 September]

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Magee Provost understands and shares frustration over expansion

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2019 by steve

“The Provost of Ulster University’s Magee campus Malachy O’Neill said he understands and shares the frustration locally over the decades-long delay to securing a major expansion that would see Derry become a university city …” (more)

[Brendan McDaid, Derry Journal, 8 September]

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Business case for medical school should be completed as soon as possible – McCallion

Posted in Governance and administration on August 14th, 2019 by steve

“Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said the Department of Health needs to complete its business case for the medical school in Derry as soon as possible. The Foyle MP said: ‘I met today with the permanent secretary of the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, and discussed progress on delivering a medical school for Derry …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 14 August]

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Derry is returning to its scholastic roots

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2019 by steve

“Once again, there is a drive to establish a new university in the Northern Irish city of Derry – a city, because of its integral role in Ireland’s peace process, that has become regarded as an exemplar of real-world conflict resolution and a haven for free discussion …” (more)

[Garbhan Downey, Wonkhe, 9 August]

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