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Sinn Féin welcomes all-Ireland Medical School proposal

26 January, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel Mc Laughlin has welcomed the proposed all-ireland Medical School for Magee Campus.

Mr Mc Laughlin said:

"I have long advocated locating a Medical School at the Magee Campus. I met with Professor Hannigan, and Provost of Magee, Professor Tom Fraser in early December along with the two Sinn Féin MEP's Mary Lou Mc Donald and Bairbre de Brún.

"Among a range of issues discussed was the need for additional Medical training facilities and the case for such a faculty at Magee that would attract entrants from across the island.

"At present only Queens in Belfast and Trinity in Dublin offer Medical Training and the limited number of places available cannot hope to cater for the increased need for Doctors in our Hospitals. Although those Doctors recruited from other countries do an excellent job it should not be a substitute for training our own Medical staff.

"The fact that the proposal is based on untilising the local Hospitals on either side of the border (Altnagelvin and Letterkenny) and recruiting on a 50/50 basis in each jurisdiction is a recognition that health care is best served through integrated planning on an all-Ireland basis. Logistically and economically this approach makes sense and should be used in other areas also."ENDS

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