Hewitt abandons online training service MTAS

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced today that MTAS (the Medical Training Application Service) will not be used to match candidates to training posts for the remainder of the junior doctor recruitment system.

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt
Health secretary Patricia Hewitt

Responding to the announcement, Dr Andrew Rowland, vice chairman of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, said:

'The Department of Health has at last seen sense and effectively abandoned the unfair, discredited, and shambolic MTAS system. Junior doctors have suffered blow after blow because of the government's terrible handling of these reforms. They have had to go through months of anxiety about their NHS careers, and on top of that, have potentially had their personal details exposed on the MTAS website. We are extremely concerned that the Health Secretary believes criminal offences may have been committed as a result of security breaches.'

However, the BMA is opposed to the proposal from some pressure groups that interviews which have already taken place should be written off. This move was rejected at the recent BMA conference of junior doctors.

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