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Junior doc posts being filled

13th July 2007

The government has claimed that the majority of junior doctors training jobs in England have been filled despite problems with the new online system.

Figures released by the Department of Health show 85% of training places were filled from the first round of job appointments, with about 2,000 posts to be filled in the second.

This is less than critics predicted after problems with the computerised Medical Training Application Service (MTAS), which replaced the CV-based method.

In recent months, the system has been beset with difficulties. Junior doctors said forms were badly worded, did not ask pertinent questions, have the facility for them to list relevant qualifications and experience, or attach their CV.

A result was that many doctors were not selected for their first-choice NHS trusts and some did not get an interview at all.

Despite legal action from a group of doctors, a judge ruled the interviews that had taken place should stand, though the government decided not to use MTAS in the second round due to be completed later this year.

Health Minister Ann Keen said: “The high fill-rate is good news for patients, the NHS and deaneries across the country and has been achieved despite this year’s problems.?

In England, there were 29,193 applicants for the 15,600 junior doctor training posts. About 13,168 of the posts have been filled with the doctors due to start work next month.

Doctors’ pressure group Remedy UK said they did not believe it was the success the government claimed with regional variations and a lot of posts unfilled.

 

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