30,000 doctors to start work on the same day

On 1 August approximately 30,000 doctors will be starting new posts in England, raising concerns that patient care may be affected.

30,000 doctors to start work on the same day
30,000 doctors to start work on the same day

Previously some doctors have started at different times of the year, but from Wednesday 1 August the Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) training system comes in to force across the UK.

According to the British Medical Association (BMA) the jobs comprise 10,000 foundation programme posts and 20,000 jobs within speciality training posts.

The BMA is unsure whether MMC will have an impact on patient care, largely because strategic health authorities have not published their plans with regards to how they will manage this changeover. However, the BMA say that in some trusts, doctors are reporting that all routine operations are being cancelled.

The BMA make efforts to point out that the large number of doctors starting new jobs does not in itself mean that there will be an impact on patient care.

However, referring to the failed computer system Medical Training Application Service (MTAS), pressure group RemedyUK have said: 'After abandoning the broken computer system trusts have been forced to recruit at the last minute, leaving some hospitals without doctors in key posts.'

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