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A rallying cry

15th March 2007

Junior doctors have become the latest victims of the government’s IT failings, writes Dr Phil Peverely.


The award-winning Pulse columnist admits he likes to make his readers smile, but while the new internet-based application system for trainees is a joke, it’s unlikely to raise a laugh.

The shameful and obscene treatment of medics who will be the future of the NHS has snapped him out of his lifelong political stupor and he called for others to join the March 17 protest in London.

Under the Modernising Medical Careers, doctors were already forced to choose their career paths too early, but to further torture trainees, the application form allowed little scope to illustrate excellence or experience; an ignominious start to their NHS careers.

‘Then the IT project suffered its inevitable catastrophic failure,' he writes. 'Applications lost, gifted applicants mysteriously ignored, interviews offered for specialties not even applied for, multiple interviews at both ends of the country offered on the same day, endless stupidity and incompetence and thousands of our junior colleagues left hanging, bereft, hopeless, unsupported, despairing.’

And now thousands face an uncertain and debt-ridden future as the NHS rejects them. Enough is enough, he writes. It’s time to take action over the shameful treatment of these brilliant young people who may one day have saved lives. Put simply, ‘We can't afford to lose them,’ he says.

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