BMA demands urgent steps to resolve MTAS crisis

The senior leaders of the British Medical Association (BMA), are sending a letter to Patricia Hewitt outlining urgent steps to address the continuing crisis affecting junior doctors.

BMA send demands to Patricia Hewitt
BMA send demands to Patricia Hewitt

The letter demands:

  • A guarantee that no junior doctor will be unemployed as a result of the current crisis.
  • The creation of a new group, led by doctors, to design the future of medical training.
  • Substantial resources - for example for training bursaries - to ensure that unsuccessful applicants are not disadvantaged.
  • The CV-based process agreed for the second round of applications to be fair and transparent.
  • Greater flexibility for doctors in the early stages of their training - for example the ability to change specialty.

Dr Jo Hilborne, chairman of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, says: ‘The BMA called repeatedly for this appalling system to be delayed. Sadly, like everyone else, we have been forced to accept that it is now too late. All candidates have been interviewed, and some have already been offered jobs.

'The stark reality is that at least 12,000 doctors who have gone through this process will not get training posts. The medical profession must unite in their interests. Whether it is through campaigning or negotiation, the BMA will never stop fighting for them or their patients. It is time for the Health Secretary to answer our repeated calls for a cast-iron guarantee that no trainee doctor will pay the price for her mistakes.'

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA's GPs committee, says: 'The BMA is totally committed to working together to lead the profession towards securing a fair and practical solution to the training crisis. We are determined to keep up the pressure and will not give up the fight to protect our junior colleagues' careers.'

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