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Canterbury Universities' Joint Bid for Medical Students

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Canterbury Christ Church and the University of Kent have submitted a joint bid to government asking for cash to fund medical student places.

The application, which will provide 100-degree places, forms part of the universities' plans to establish a Kent and Medway Medical School.

It's hoped the new facility will help address significant challenges in developing and retaining clinical staff across the region.

If the bid is successful the newly established medical school could welcome its first students by 2020, although a site for the facility hasn't been earmarked yet.

A joint statement released by both institutions said: "We would like to thank all those who have worked with us to develop this highly ambitious and innovative bid, developed in partnership with the Kent & Medway NHS Trusts.

"If it succeeds, it will kickstart the process of transforming medical provision in the region."

The bid received support from the region's MPs, local councillors, NHS trust chief executives and medical staff, as well as other related organisations.

The government has committed to fund an additional 1,500 medical places by 2020, with the results of the bid expected to be announced in March next year.