Remedy UK loses court case over doctors' training applications

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1079
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The junior doctors' group Remedy UK has lost its court case to strike down changes made to the flawed NHS medical training application service (MTAS). But the judge had harsh words for the government's handling of the affair and left the door open for appeals by individual doctors.

    Remedy UK, a group formed in November 2006 in opposition to the proposed web based system for job applications, applied for judicial review of changes made to MTAS by a review group in April. The review group, which included representatives of the BMA, was set up after it became apparent that the system was failing to match qualified doctors with suitable posts.

    But Mr Justice Goldring rejected Remedy UK's argument that the review group's proposals were “so conspicuously unfair as to amount to an abuse of power.”

    “This judgment does not mean I agree with the decision of the review group; merely that it …

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