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300 vacancies for foundation year training following junior doctor dispute

There are 300 vacancies for F1 training posts in England this year after they were oversubscribed in 2014 and 2015, which doctors’ leaders have blamed on the ongoing dispute over the junior doctor contracts. 

Health Education England is advertising 300 places for Foundation Year training beginning in July, which were unfilled by graduates from English medical schools.

In the previous two years F1 places were filled in the national recruitment round in March and were even oversubscribed.

It comes as Pulse has revealed that there are still high vacancy rates in GP training across England, with 30% of places unfilled, including more than than 50% of places unfilled in some regions.

HEE has said that the programme had filled its initial allocation.

But the advert reveals that HEE has been running a second round of recruitment for Foundation Year training, which opened on 27 April and closes tomorrow (11 May).

The recruitment process, which is being led by HEE North West, advertises 300 vacancies, although it is unclear where these vacancies are based. 

In response to the vacancies, Dr Johann Malawana, BMA junior doctor committee chair, said: ‘Adequate staffing levels are vital to deliver safe, high-quality patient care. The fact that a usually oversubscribed programme has seen such a significant decrease in applicants in just one year is of great concern.’

He added that this shortage undermines health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s seven-day NHS policy, and ’threatens patient care in the long-term.’

‘To ensure the NHS continues to attract the next generation of doctors, and retains those who already form the backbone of our health service, the Government must rebuild the trust and morale of future doctors that has been broken down by continuing to devalue an overstretched workforce and with the imposition of a new contract,’ he added.

Health Education England told Pulse: ‘The F1 programme filled its initial allocation, with all eligible medical students graduating in England being placed. Each year we expect vacancies – indeed, this is exactly what we have experienced for various reasons in previous years.’

The latest on the junior doctor contract dispute

Junior Doctor Strike 2016

Junior Doctor Strike 2016

After the all-out strike a couple of weeks ago, when junior doctors withdrew all care, including urgent and emergency care for the first time in NHS history, the Government announced it was willing to ‘pause’ imposition of the junior doctors’ contract.

In response to this, the BMA have agreed to restart talks with the Government on the contract to work out issues such as Saturday working pay premia.

The junior doctor contract is also facing a judicial review from the BMA as the Government failed to carry out an equality impact assessment before implementing it and a wider ranging judicial review from the Justice for Health group around the legality of the contract imposition.


Readers' comments (13)

  • What an achievement ! We couldn't get more GPs or hospital beds but we certainly have more and more training posts created by this government.
    Hats off to JH and McDonald Stevens.

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  • Reverse midas touch everything they touch turns brown and smelly to scare folks away.

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  • When will all the health minister wake upto the fact that its a big open world that UK trained doctors can go to. When will they wake up to the fact that intelligent people can now get a better income and work life balance outside of medicine.

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  • So are there vacancies or are there no vacancies? I'm confused. Is it black or is it white?
    Who on earth can you trust to give you true but basic figures nowadays?

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  • Parasites sucking away valuable funding more than £10000 per Practice = 600 patient slots per Practice to feed pot bellied CQC chums at the expense of poor British public and then bragging about 'world class patient care'. Do NHS bosses have to earn 200K per year -in CCGS, CQCs, NHSE et etc. Wake up from your stupor as you are not fooling anyone anymore.

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  • medicine tastes awful

    Hey Mr Hunt - this is blow to your 'full' 7 day NHS.

    For the ones who will start their F1 - this is extermely bad news as they will be overworked in understaffed wards and many 1 doctor will doing the work of 2 doctors. For Mr Hunt is he getting 2 staff for 1 for his money. Sad for all new doctors.

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  • 'HEE has said that the programme had filled its initial allocation.'

    all is well, no crisis - move along here.

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  • Vacancies means there are still 300 places to fill - although 'initial allocation' filled.

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  • Why would anyone want to be a doctor these days?
    never mind all the years of study, imposed Contracts 90 hour weeks, we could cope with all of these.
    But I would not be a doctor, because 1:3 will get a complaint that could end your long fought dedicated career overnight.
    No such worries in aerospace, computers or engineering.

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  • Hunt and Co. hope to repeat what Thatcher did with the miners. Well, Thatcher did win the battle but lost the war. She was grabbed by the scruff of her neck and kicked to the curb. This government will loose this battle and the next one and the next one until their dishonourable discharge. Those who lack the ability to listen and to reflect have no place running the country. Their heads on a platter please.

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