Letters MTAS

Mental health of applicants seems to be deteriorating

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39254.905764.1F (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1335
  1. Gregory J Lydall, locum staff grade in addictions1,
  2. Amit Malik, chair, psychiatric trainees committee2,
  3. Dinesh Bhugra, dean2
  1. 1Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9DZ
  2. 2Royal College of Psychiatrists, London SW1X 8PG
  1. grogl{at}doctors.org.uk

    We are surveying the impact of Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) and the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) on the mental wellbeing of junior doctors.1 The preliminary results from the 790 online anonymous responses to date are disturbing and require an urgent response.

    Overall, 395 (50%) respondents were women, 636 (80%) held UK/EEA passports, and 527 (67%) were aged 25-29.

    Most worryingly, 165 (21%; 95% confidence interval 18% to …

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