Preparations are underway to welcome a new intake of would-be doctors to Bangor who, for the first time, will be able to undertake their medical studies and training in the city.

Speaking following a visit to the School of Medical Sciences in Bangor, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price and local Assembly Member Siân Gwenllian, who campaigned to expand medical education at the University, said it was a vital aspect to finding a long-term solution to the health care crisis in north Wales.

Siân Gwenllian AM said: “I was delighted to introduce Adam Price to the School of Medical Sciences in Bangor, which will soon welcome a new intake of would-be doctors who, for first time, will be based in Bangor for their medical training.

“Introducing undergraduate medical education will enhance the University and Ysbyty Gwynedd and in turn will bring immense benefits to the city of Bangor and its people.

“Plaid Cymru has long-pressed for full undergraduate medical training in Bangor, and I’m glad that the Welsh Labour Government listened to overwhelming calls to push ahead with this investment.

“Plaid Cymru has always maintained that we need more doctors and other professional staff to improve our cherished NHS which faces mounting pressures not least due to doctor shortages.

“This will open up new opportunities for young people from north Wales who currently have to leave the area to train to become doctors and will bring immense benefits to the city of Bangor, the region and its people.”

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price AM said: “We will soon be training our own doctors in the heart of Bangor, creating opportunities for local young people to aspire to a medical career, providing new routes for experienced clinicians to develop their teaching and research skills.

“It’s important that we anchor students here in north Wales. By aiming to have more undergraduates based here, we can strengthen NHS services across north west Wales.

“We could also develop expertise in the provision of rural medicine and train doctors to provide services through the medium of Welsh, increasing the likelihood that newly-trained doctors will remain in the area once they qualify.”