Doctors and medical students urged to protest

The BMA's Junior Doctors Committee (JDC) wants doctors and medical students to take part in the marches through central London and Glasgow this weekend to protest against the jobs crisis.

On Saturday 10 March junior doctors' leaders voted overwhelmingly for the scrapping of the Government's new system for medical training appointments (MTAS) and a return to the old appointments system which was in place until earlier this year.

The BMA JDC also called for an intermediate review of both MTAS and of Modernising Medical Careers (MMS) of which MTAS is a crucial part.

Dr Jo Hilborne, chair of the JDC said: 'Junior doctors are very angry at the current chaos. We have strong evidence that thousands of highly skilled doctors risk being thrown on the scrapheap by this shambles of a system. We have been warning Government for over a year that this system wasn't going to work and that's why we think it necessary to call a halt until the process is got right.'

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