Canterbury City Council says today’s announcement of a new medical school for Kent and Medway is “fantastic news for Canterbury and the whole county”.
It will be the first medical school in Kent, bringing together the existing centres of excellence in health and medical education provided by the two institutions and healthcare organisations.
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Cllr Simon Cook, the leader of Canterbury City Council, said: “Today’s announcement is the result of a bold and ambitious bid by our universities and demonstrates joint working at its very best, to the benefit of everyone in Kent.
“The support of many other organisations meant the strongest possible case of the need for this type of facility was able to be made.
“For our part, we have been lobbying the government for many months and made the arrangements for a visit to the area by the Chairman of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, Sir John Armitt, to really hammer home the message.
“It is fantastic news for Canterbury and the whole county and I congratulate all involved.
“It’s going to be exciting to see the project taking shape in the months and years ahead.”
There is speculation that a new medical school will eventually lead to a new hospital to replace the Kent and Canterbury in Ethelbert Road.
Developer Mark Quinn of Quinn Estates has offered to build a new hospital as part of a deal which would see him build 2,000 homes to help Canterbury meet its target of 16,000 new houses by 2031.
Two other development firms are also understood to be showing an interest in building a new hospital.