The Labour government has today announced that it will not proceed with plans to establish a medical school in north Wales. Plaid Cymru AMs have voiced their disappointment after the decision, which the Welsh Government tried to bury on the last week of term.
Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Rhun ap Iorwerth said that having students spend more time in north Wales will not take the place of establishing a medical school.
Arfon AM Sian Gwenllian branded it a betrayal of north Wales.
Plaid Cymru Arfon AM Sian Gwenllian said:
“The need for a medical school in Bangor is clear, and the Welsh Government has itself acknowledged this. The Welsh Government has tried to bury its bombshell for medical students and patients in north Wales in the last day of government business.
“This is a betrayal of the people of Bangor, Arfon and of north Wales. Plaid Cymru will continue to campaign for the creation of the north Wales medical school. It is an important step in developing a safe and sustainable health service in north Wales, and in developing specialist services outside of the M4 corridor.”
Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Rhun ap Iorwerth said:
"We know that a medical school can't be set up overnight, but this announcement is a serious setback. We've always advocated a collaborative approach to get things off the ground, and saying that students "will spend more time in north Wales" just isn't good enough. We need students based in the north, our NHS needs them, and we've got to get the ball rolling. This Labour government clearly has no ambition."
Plaid Cymru Arfon MP Hywel Williams said:
“I’m shocked and angered by this announcement. It has always understood from the very beginning that setting up a medical school for Bangor was the Welsh Government’s intention and previous Welsh Health Ministers have stated to me and others that Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board was a University Health Board because a medical school would be set up in partnership with the university in Bangor.”