Government dumps online junior doctor recruitment after history of failure


Government dumps online junior doctor recruitment after history of failure

Cliff Saran

The government has dumped the national web-based junior doctor recruitment process for next year after technical problems caused application chaos for trainees this year.

Instead, manual paper-based regional recruitment systems will be used after a decision made by the government's Modernising Medical Careers Programme Board.

The British Medical Association doctors body, which sits on this board, has welcomed the news.

The system for 2008 will build on the best elements of paper-based, local processes used before the introduction of the centralised Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) this year.

It is an interim solution while work continues to develop selection methods for 2009 and beyond.

MTAS left many junior doctors without posts this year after security and technical problems crashed the system.

Ram Moorthy, chairman of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, said, "Much of what doctors wanted for 2008 has been achieved. They will be able to apply for as many jobs as they want, where they want.

"There will be no limits on the number of posts they can be interviewed for. The process will be run locally rather than nationally, with no centralised computer system, and no untried selection methods."

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