Prime Minister David Cameron praises Milton Keynes Hospital for new medical school

Iain Stewart MP speaking during Prime Minister's Questions.
Iain Stewart MP speaking during Prime Minister's Questions.
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The Prime Minister praised the country’s first independent medical school, which has seen its first set of students start at Milton Keynes Hospital.

During Prime Minister Questions this morning, Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart asked David Cameron to join him in celebrating the occasion.

Iain Stewart MP during today's Prime Minister's Questions.

Iain Stewart MP during today's Prime Minister's Questions.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Stewart said: “While people are quick to criticise problems in the NHS, it is right also to celebrate its successes.

“Will the Prime Minister join me in congratulating Milton Keynes Hospital and the University of Buckingham for establishing a new medical school which will train the next generation of clinicians and enhance the standard of Milton Keynes Hospital?”

Mr Cameron said: “I am very happy to join my honourable friend in doing that. “Making sure we educate the next generation of doctors, nurses and clinicians is absolutely vital.

“What we see under this government is 9,000 more doctors, 3,000 more nurses.

“We are treating 1.3million more patients in A&E and there are 6million more out-patient appointments.

“That is what is actually happening in our NHS.”

A total of 70 students started at the country’s first independent medical school last week. They will spend two and a half years of their four and a half year course working and training at MK Hospital.

This is the first stage of a joint project between Milton Keynes Hospital and Buckingham University, which will eventually see a new purpose-built academy in January 2017.

Last year, following a robust campaign from MK Citizen and the MPs, Milton Keynes A&E was awarded £2.9million for 13 new bays.