Medical students will be able to study all of their degree in the north of Wales for the first time from 2019 onward under new plans announced today by the Welsh government.
In a joint statement, Arfon Assembly Member, Siân Gwenllian, and Arfon Member of Parliament, Hywel Williams said;
"This is excellent news as it will mean that for first time doctors will be based in Bangor for their medical training. As there is overwhelming evidence to show that medical students stay to become GPs and doctors in the area they are trained, this development is great news for patients who currently face long waiting times for appointments due to doctor shortages.
"Plaid Cymru has always maintained that we need more doctors and other professional staff in order to improve our cherished NHS. We have been pressing hard for full undergraduate medical training in Bangor and we are glad that the Government has listened at last.
"Thank you to everyone who campaigned with us and to colleagues in Bangor University and Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board for their determination in achieving this goal. Introducing undergraduate medical education will enhance the University and Ysbyty Gwynedd and in turn will bring immense benefits to the city of Bangor and it’s people. It will also open up new opportunities for young people from north Wales who currently have to leave the area to train to become doctors. This is a good day for north Wales!"