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Durham University centre to 'plug' trainee GP gap

A new doctors' training centre is to open at Durham University's Teesside campus in a bid to try to attract more medical students from the region.

The £5m extension to the University's Wolfson Research Institute, in Stockton, will include lecture theatres and examination suites.

NHS North East said doctors were more likely to stay and practice in the area where they were trained.

The new centre is due to open in the autumn.

Dr Andy Downs, of the County Durham and Tees Valley GP Training scheme, said: "The area has sometimes struggled to recruit enough GPs, but numbers have gone from strength to strength in recent years.

"We hope that the addition of the new facility will encourage even more junior doctors to consider a career as a GP.

"We know that most doctors who are trained locally stay local."

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