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The Royal Bolton Hospital has secured funding to develop the Bolton College of Medical Sciences (BCMS) medical skills and training centre, which is expected to contribute more than £150 million to the economy in the coming years.

At a cost of £30 million, the BCMS will bring about a range of career opportunities, with 150 full-time roles created in the construction phase, and a further 25,000 over the next two decades.

The facility will be developed by the University of Bolton in conjunction with the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Bolton Council.

Funding will come from a variety of avenues; the Greater Manchester Combined Authority has pledged £10 million towards the project, and £19 million will come from the University of Bolton Group. Bolton Council will grant £1 million.

Principal of Bolton College, Bill Webster, said: “The Bolton College of Medical Sciences aims to make it easier for local people to access education and career opportunities in the healthcare sector.

“This will simultaneously improve the current healthcare provision available in the area, by alleviating current staffing pressures in the NHS.

“This funding means we are one step closer to creating state-of-the-art facilities that will up-skill and future-proof the NHS workforce in Greater Manchester, while creating thousands of jobs and contributing millions to the local economy.”

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