Health Secretary praises ARU proposed medical school in the House of Commons
Commenting on the question that Sir Simon Burns MP raised with the Secretary of State for Health, The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Sir Simon Burns MP said:-
The proposals by Anglia Ruskin University to build a medical school in Chelmsford to train doctors for both Essex and beyond the county borders is both imaginative, innovative and badly needed.
I am delighted that the Secretary of State for Health rightly praised ARU for this initiative which, when it is established will have a key role to play in training up the next generation of staff for the NHS.
Given the importance of training new doctors and nurses to the future of the health service, will my right hon. Friend welcome the building, which will commence later this summer at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, of a new medical school that is solely there to train doctors to meet the needs of people in Essex and beyond its borders?
I absolutely welcome that, and I know my right hon. Friend has personally championed it as a local MP. The historical mistake that those on both sides of the House have made is not to do long-term workforce planning for the NHS, and that is something we want to put right.