First classes at Barts Med­i­cal School to start on 11 Septem­ber

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

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.

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