To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students there were at (a) the Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School and (b) the Newcastle upon Tyne Dental School in each of the last five years; and what plans she has to increase the numbers of such students.
Table one shows the full-time undergraduate student numbers for medicine and dentistry at the joint Newcastle and Durham Medical and Dental school for 2001–02 to 2005–06. Table two shows the actual intake for new students for 2001–02 to 2005–06.
|Newcastle medical school(28)||Newcastle dental school|
(28) Includes students based at University of Durham, Queens Campus, Stockton from 2001–02.
(29) Provisional information awaiting confirmation of July 2006 student numbers in November 2006.
Higher Education Students Early Statistics survey.
We announced jointly with the Higher Education Funding Council for England the allocation of 108 extra medical school places last month. This builds on the 68.7 per cent. increase in medical school places we have already overseen between 1997–98 to 2004–05. Also, 100 extra dental school places were also announced last month, including the development of a new dental school in the South West. All these places were allocated following highly competitive bidding exercises. We will continue to look at the scope for further expansion in line with national health service and workforce planning requirements.