BMA fears repeat of junior doctor recruitment problems

The junior doctor recruitment process in England could go as badly in 2008 as it did in 2007, the BMA has warned.

From 5 January 2008 doctors will be able to apply for training posts in England that start in August 2008.

The BMA said competition would be more intense than in 2007, with an overall average of three applicants predicted for every post and 20 to one in some of the most popular specialties.

Mr Ram Moorthy, chairman of the BMA’s junior doctors committee, said: ‘After last year’s catastrophe, junior doctors want to know that a process that affects their whole careers will be handled fairly. Trusts need to get their recruitment practices in order, and start preparing now to ensure that there is no unfairness, and no negative impact on patient care.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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