MP briefed on plans for new Medical School in Essex

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois was recently briefed by Mr Ian Martin, the Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, about their plans to open a new medical school in Chelmsford by 2019.

The Vice Chancellor visited the MP at one of his regular constituency surgeries to take him through the University’s proposals. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) already provides teaching for a number of medical professionals including nurses on their existing campuses. However, the University now wants to expand this provision to include the training of doctors themselves and as such is planning to build a new medical school to train over a hundred doctors a year, which will be based on a new development at their Chelmsford Campus.

The intention of the plan is to try and recruit local doctors to help in the Essex healthcare economy and to train people in Essex who will then work in Essex.

Commenting on the University’s proposals Mark said: “I was grateful to the Vice Chancellor for taking the time to brief me personally on these very exciting proposals for Essex. I’m sure my constituents will welcome the facility to help train new doctors, including family GPs, in the heart of our county so that they can then provide support to patients in the future. I wish ARU all the best of luck in their endeavour and I hope that the new school will open as currently scheduled in 2019.”