Job offers for GP registrars next week

Registrars starting their GP training in August are expected to hear on Tuesday if they have a job or not.

GP selection is complete but job offers to would-be registrars have been delayed by the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS).

Offers to candidates who said general practice was their first-choice specialty are due out next week and, if MTAS supplies last-minute details, are due to be with candidates on Tuesday.

The announcement has calmed fears that GP trainees would have to wait until specialist training results were revealed on June 8.

But candidates in England, Scotland and Wales who failed to put general practice as their first-choice specialty will have to wait until June to hear if they have a GP place.

In Northern Ireland, where specialty recruitment opted out of MTAS, next year's registrars received their job offers two weeks ago.

The GP Recruitment Office has stuck to its plans to give preference to doctors who made general practice their first training choice even if they did not receive top scores at selection.

'Doctors were asked to re-preference, so we were no longer blind. It seems ludicrous not to take it into consideration,' said Gai Evans, national GP recruitment manager.

The offers made in June will be ranked according to scores from assessments at selection centres, she said.

Deaneries are hoping to fill all registrar vacancies with initial offers to doctors who gave general practice as their first or only choice.

If any vacancies remain after offering jobs to candidates who gave general practice as their first choice or who fail to get their first choice specialty, the office will enter UCAS-style national clearing.

'It's a close call. We may be able to fill most of our posts before looking at clearing,' Ms Evans said.

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