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Issue 465, 23 April 2001

Medical places

A joint bid from Leeds and Bradford to increase the number of medical students has received Government backing, bringing an extra 40 student places to the region.

The School of Medicine joined with the University of Bradford, and NHS organisations across Bradford, Airedale and Leeds to champion the bid, which aims to widen participation for students entering medical education from non-traditional backgrounds.

The extra places will help to address the growing shortage of medical staff in Yorkshire – where hospital vacancy rates are now the highest outside London.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Wilson said: "The success of this bid will revolutionise the way doctors are trained. We will develop more ‘home grown’ doctors from the pool of talent that exists locally, and address the very real need for more skilled staff."

See press release for more information.

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