First students take up their places at Kent Medical School

After years of hard work, the Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) has welcomed its first students this month.

Just over 100 founding medical students have started their Batchelor of Medicine Batchelor of Surgery programme at the county’s first medical school.

Huge congratulations to everyone involved, and good luck to all students and lecturers who start this year.

I remember after I was first elected in 2015, working together with our local universities to turn the vision of a medical school into a plan. Then lobbying the Health Secretary for funding at every opportunity.

Five years later, and after a huge amount of work from all involved, I’m delighted that the first medical students are taking up their places in Canterbury.

The school is a collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, with a new purpose built facility in Canterbury.

We need excellent doctors in Kent more than ever. Our fantastic NHS is nothing without the people who work in it. The new medical school will help us train and recruit more homegrown doctors in Kent.

This is another step to getting 6,000 more doctors in our NHS and delivering the world-class facilities and healthcare people deserve.