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Registrars escape jobs chaos

An independent review has found 'shortcomings' with the way junior doctors are selected for training, and has recommended immediate changes.

Applicants will now be able to provide CVs and portfolios to support their applications through the Medical Training Applications Service.

Candidates who believe they have been overlooked because of the problems with the system will be able to have their applications reassessed.

An urgent review of MTAS was ordered last week by the Department of Health after many applicants who appeared well qualified complained that they had not been selected for interview.

Candidates and educationalists branded the process of allocating places for the Modernising Medical Careers programme inefficient and unfair. MTAS has also been blighted by IT glitches.

The review also recommended significant changes to the second round of interviews, including changes to the application form and scoring system, as well as better support and feedback for candidates.

Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC

negotiator, said: 'We have

deep concerns over the whole

fiasco. Thankfully GP registrars haven't been affected in the same way as hospital doctors.'

The RCGP said 80 per cent of this year's GP registrar applicants had so far been matched to deaneries for interview.

But a spokesperson for

Remedy UK, a grassroots body opposing the new system, said that with 30,000 junior doctors applying for only 22,000 training posts, unsuccessful applicants could add to the pressure for GP posts.

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