Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, used this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions to put forward the case for a Lincolnshire medical school to Theresa May.
Following the Health Secretary’s announcement last year of 1,500 new medical training places from September 2018, to prepare the NHS for the future, Matt has worked with Lincolnshire’s NHS and other MPs to lobby for a medical school for the county.
Highlighting that a strong economy drives investment in the NHS and an increase in medical training places, Matt pointed out to the Prime Minister this week that “Lincolnshire’s unique rurality and sparsity makes a compelling case for a new medical school [for the] great county.”
The Prime Minister agreed with Matt that we can only pay for public services such as the NHS with a strong economy, and congratulated him on being “a champion for his constituents and his constituency”. She confirmed that the Department is Health is considering how to allocate the 1,500 additional medical training places, and looking at the possibility of new medical schools.
Matt said “Lincolnshire deserves and needs a medical school. We have a shortage of GPs in the county and I know that a medical school would help to ease this problem. My Lincolnshire Parliamentary colleagues agree with me that this is what the county needs and we will continue to put forward the best possible case for a new training facility.”
“I look forward to the completion of the Department of Health’s consultation on the matter, and hope that we can reach an outcome which benefits my constituents in Boston and Skegness, and the wider population across Lincolnshire.”
- Matt’s question can be read in full via the following link: http://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-07-05/debates/27D7456E-4A86-4E37-B48F-DB6246E36630/Engagements#contribution-C07C9FDD-DEC1-47EB-8D5D-822F19C14C48 o
- Information on the Department of Health’s announcement on new medical training places can be found via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/up-to-1500-extra-medical-training-places-announced