First classes at Barts Medical School to start on 11 September
The first classes at Barts Medical School will start on 11 September, Professor Mark Brincat, who is on the Barts steering committee under Malta Enterprise and is Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Services at Mater Dei Hospital has told The Malta Independent.
Currently, refurbishments to the Gozo sixth form in Rabat’s are in the advanced stages, he said, and will have been concluded by 11 September in order to house the first 30 or so Barts Medical School students.
Eventually, Professor Brincat said, the students would move to the Gozo Hospital campus, once construction concludes. The majority of the students who have gotten into Barts Medical School so far, he said, are British, “but there will be a Maltese presence.” In addition, around 10 scholarships are planned to be given to students.
Brincat said that Barts will be offering an MBBS Medicine programme in Malta for September 2017 entry. “Our fiveyear Medicine MBBS Malta offers you the same curriculum as that taught at the Barts medical school in London,” according to the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentisty website.
The website reads: “You will be taught in Malta by staff from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (Queen Mary University of London’s medical faculty) and local clinicians trained by the School.”
Three weeks ago this newspaper published a story saying that demolition works for the much-anticipated Bart’s medical school had been completed following the discovery of Roman trenches.
A spokesperson for Vitals Global Healthcare, the company that entered into a deal with the government for the partial privatisation of various hospitals, confirmed that works had been halted due to the discovery of the Roman trenches.
A statement issued back in March said demolition had started and should take eight weeks to be completed. Due to the discovery, however, works had to be halted. The demolition phase is now over as well as piling works, the spokesperson confirmed.