Judicial review will decide trainees' future

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1075
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The professional futures of thousands of junior doctors throughout England could hinge on the result of a judicial review of the government's web based medical training application service, known as MTAS.

    The MTAS website has been closed since April, and was last week abandoned by health secretary Patricia Hewitt. Its flawed software failed to select the best applicants for jobs and permitted serious security breaches. In some cases doctors were able to read each other's personal data and applications.

    Although the decision to abandon MTAS was widely welcomed, no agreement has been reached on what to do with the thousands of applications that have already led to interviews.

    An MTAS review group appointed by the government, in which the BMA participated, …

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