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BMA Annual Representative Meeting: “Black hole” is opening up for 11 500 junior doctors

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:14
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. Belfast

    Doctors at the BMA annual representatives' meeting in Belfast this week expressed outrage at the probable shortage of 11 500 training posts for junior doctors next year.

    Jo Hilborne, who chairs the BMA's Junior Doctors Committee, appealed to the 550 representatives to save junior doctors from “the career black hole currently looming before them.”

    The senior house officer grade will cease to exist next summer as part of Modernising Medical Careers, the NHS's new training and careers structure for doctors, and more than 21 000 doctors will be looking for posts in specialist training programmes, she said.

    The Modernising Medical Careers team announced …

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