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Most junior doctor posts 'filled'

The majority of junior doctors training jobs in England have been filled despite problems with the new online system, the government says.

The old CV-based method was replaced by the computerised Medical Training Application Service.

The Department of Health said in the first round of job appointments 85% of training posts have been filled.

It leaves just over 2,000 posts to be filled in the second round - much less than many critics predicted.

The computerised system has been dogged by problems in recent months with medics complaining the forms were badly worded, did not ask pertinent questions or allow them to set out relevant qualifications and experience, and had no facility for attaching a CV.

The high fill-rate is good news for patients, the NHS and deaneries across the country and has been [highlight]achieved despite this year's problems.

Ann Keen, health minister  [/highlight]

This resulted in many doctors not being selected for their first-choice NHS trusts, and a significant number not getting any interviews at all.

A group of doctors even took legal action, seeking to overturn the whole appointments process.

A judge ruled the interviews which had taken place should stand, but the government has decided not to use MTAS in the second round which will be completed in the autumn.

Health Minister Ann Keen said: '[highlight]The high fill-rate is good news for patients, the NHS and deaneries across the country and has been achieved despite this year's problems. [/highlight]'We are working hard with the NHS on this second round of recruitment, and on the development of a package of support for those appointable applicants who have yet to find a post.'

'Thousands of posts available'

In England, there were 29,193 applicants for the 15,600 junior doctor training posts.

Some 13,168 of the posts have been filled with the doctors due to start work next month.

[highlight]Of nearly 14,000 junior doctors still looking for jobs, only 4,000 are UK graduates. [/highlight]

As well as the 2,320 posts available in the second round, there will also be 1,000 training posts made available at the end for those who have not secured a post.

On top of this there will still be thousands of positions available in the health service, although these will not count towards the training to become a GP or senior doctor.

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/health/6895622.stm

Published: 2007/07/12 12:50:02 GMT

© BBC MMVII

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do these politicians have no shame??

they are claiming that 'despite' problems they have filled 13000 posts...

and where exctly did these problems come from??? and how much credit should you get for 'managing to fill' 13000 doctors posts out of the 30000 who were already working

I am gobsmacked at this callous and unemotional approach >:(

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Wow, they really can turn crap into gold!

:lol: :lol:

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but doesn't this topic belong in news and views?? :-/

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