Junior doctors call for ministers to resign

Junior doctors have demanded the resignations of health secretary Patricia Hewitt and health minister Lord Hunt over the ‘shambolic and destructive changes’ to medical training.

Junior doctors call for Hewitt to resign
Junior doctors call for Hewitt to resign

The calls for resignation occurred during the British Medical Association's junior doctors conference on Saturday 28 April.

Previously, in a letter to prime minister Tony Blair, Mr James Johnson, chairman of council at the BMA, warned that doctors' anger will grow if the government does not address the problems with the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) ‘with the level of urgency they deserve'.

Mr Johnson highlighted new flaws, including UK doctors incorrectly being told that they could not apply for posts because they did not have the 'correct immigration status', and applicants being unable to re-order their preferences for jobs, despite a government concession that they could.

Mr Johnson's letter says that the recent revelation that the MTAS website was left open for anyone to view applicants' personal details has 'the potential to damage patients' confidence' in the proposed new database of individual health records.

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