Meldrum calls for DoH action on recruitment problems

Patient safety and the future career prospects of many thousands of junior doctors could be further jeopardised within the next fortnight unless there is decisive action by government and trusts, according to BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum.

Dr Meldrum said the Medical Training and Application Service (MTAS) had already proved unfit for purpose and that the BMA had presented the DoH with evidence that doctors were still being disadvantaged in a second round of recruitment.Around 16,000 doctors are competing for 2,300 posts in England. Dr Meldrum warned the problems could leave many unemployed or unsure of their future on 1 August when they are supposed to start new jobs.

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