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Thousands of junior doctors face anxious wait after job offer debacle

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 08 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2038
  1. Deborah Cohen
  1. London

As many as 1500 junior doctors face uncertainty about their future after “human error” at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) meant that some ST3 candidates were wrongly ranked and may have received incorrect job offers.

Last month doctors throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland who applied to the nationally coordinated ST3 recruitment process were notified of their score, which indicates their likelihood of getting a job in one of 24 medical specialties.

However, on Thursday 3 May the RCP discovered that a considerable number of candidates had been credited with the wrong score because of an error in transferring data from one computer program to another. Affected candidates were notified the next …

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