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30th April 2007

Junior doctors are feeling “more anger and resentment than ever before� over the government’s medical training reforms.

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At the British Medical Association's (BMA) junior doctors conference, delegates referred to the problems with the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) as "gross negligence" and called for the health secretary and Health Minister Lord Hunt to resign.  The chairman of the BMA is also understood to have written to Tony Blair demanding that the problems with MTAS be addressed “with the level of urgency they deserve".

The government’s new online application system for junior doctors has come under fire in recent months as it does not allow candidates to set out their experience meaning the best candidates risk not being selected for interview. However, more recently the MTAS system was suspended as it was revealed that applicants’ personal details could be accessed online sparking outrage amongst junior doctors who are already concerned that there are only 18,500 jobs for the 34,250 doctors due to graduate this summer.  BMA junior doctor’s representative Jo Hilborne called the new system a “desperate failureâ€? adding, "The fault is with this government which has systematically ignored the people whose lives are being ruined by their ill-thought out, badly implemented policies."

Conference delegates say MTAS should be scrapped and the old system temporarily re-instated while a better system is found.  They also called for the National Audit Office to investigate how much public money had been spent on MTAS and sought guarantees that no junior doctor would be unemployed as a result of the system failures.

 

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