MTAS Judicial Review finds in favour of DoH

Health minister Lord Hunt has welcomed the outcome of the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) Judicial Review which has found in favour of the DoH.

Health minister Lord Hunt
Health minister Lord Hunt
Lord Hunt said: 'In consultation with representatives of the medical community, including junior doctors, we will continue to work to establish the best possible way forward in order to match trainee doctors to posts.

'We feel strongly that the process of making job offers should go ahead in the interests of both doctors and patients.

'We understand the uncertainty that problems with the Medical Training and Application System have caused junior doctors and their families, and acknowledge the criticisms that the judgement contains.

'We need to ensure that lessons from what has happened are learned and learned thoroughly. That is why the Secretary of State has asked Sir John Tooke to establish an independent review of the process so that the best possible mechanisms are in place for the training of our junior doctors.'

Remedy UK, the organisation who sought the Judicial Review claiming that the changes were 'unlawful', have said: 'This is a sad day for doctors and the NHS and, indeed, anyone who believes in fairness and merit in the workplace.'

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