UK government announces review of selection process for junior doctors

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 09 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:499
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    The UK government has launched an urgent review of the beleaguered specialist training scheme, but says that the first round of interviews must stand.

    The Department of Health backed down this week in the face of intense criticism of the new scheme, the medical training application system (MTAS). Serious flaws in the new online system have led to mass disquiet among junior doctors and consultants alike.

    Complaints about the procedure include the fact that the online system has been blighted by technical problems, the application process was confusing, and the selection procedure was thought by many to be unfair, with many highly qualified candidates being rejected.

    After a crisis meeting with the royal colleges and the BMA last week, the health …

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