18,000 junior doctors to face disappointment over 'MTAS debacle'

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said that around 18,000 UK junior doctors will be disappointed this Friday when the first round of the new application system closes.

18,000 junior doctors to face disappointment over ‘MTAS debacle’
18,000 junior doctors to face disappointment over ‘MTAS debacle’

It is estimated that 12,000 UK applicants will not be offered a training post at all, even after the second round of applications. The BMA is calling for a complete overhaul of the existing complaints procedure, which does not allow doctors to register complaints until November, after both rounds have finished. It has also been advised that a small number of applicants may have a legal case, and has published guidance to members on their legal rights.

Dr Jo Hilborne, chairman of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, said: 'Junior doctors remain in the dark about their futures. They do not know what will happen to them on 31 July, and they do not know what opportunities they will have if their job applications are unsuccessful. At the very least they must have the right to complain about their treatment, and the opportunity to seek redress.'

Dr Jonathan Fielden, chairman of the BMA Consultants Committee, said: 'The MTAS debacle shows what happens when advice from frontline professionals goes ignored.'

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