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Legislation introduced to help in construction and renovation of medical schools

05.21.10

MAY 2010 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Legislation introduced to help in construction and renovation of medical schools

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, April 17th- Legislation was introduced by companion bills in the United States House of Representatives and the Senate respectively, which would help to construct new medical school facilities or renovate and improve existing facilities like the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton.

The Medical School Construction Grant Act would help ensure that more physicians receive the education and training that they need to aid our country’s health care system at a time when more health care workers are desperately needed to address the high demands on the system.

Pennsylvania Democratic Senator and Scranton resident Robert Casey Jr. introduced the legislation in the Senate while House of Representative (Democrat-11th Legislative District) Paul Kanjorski introduced the legislation in the House.

“Countless reports in recent years have found that our country needs to educate and train more physicians in order to meet growing need for medical services. One of the key components of this task is ensuring there are enough medical schools to educate individuals to meet this need. In order to prevent predicted physician shortages, Congress must take action to help bolster medical school construction to spur job creation in the construction industry and increase the number of physicans,” said Mr. Casey.

The Commonwealth Medical College is currently under construction and being built with mostly unionized construction workers.

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