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Jun 28, 2006
UK may lose 11,000 junior doctors
- Maria Theresa S. Samante Email this article

The British Medical Association (BMA) said that more than 11,000 junior doctors will not be able to find training posts next year due to a Government blunder.


Many of the junior doctors, about 21,000 of them, will not be able to find training posts in the next year and would be competing for a limited specialist post of 9,500. Others will be forced to look for jobs outside the UK while some will be left unemployed.


“The fact that they could face unemployment is outrageous. The alternative - pushing doctors into dead-end jobs so that they never gain essential skills - is unacceptable and will not work. Doctors will simply leave the NHS instead,” said Dr. Jo Hilborne, chairman of BMA's Junior Doctors Committee.


“If doctors have started training in Britain, they should be able to finish it,” he added.


The current crisis being faced by junior doctors follows a major revision in the way they are trained.


From three stages of training- pre-registration house officer for a year, senior house officer for at least two years, and finally, specialist registrar for at least four years, will be cut down into two- a two-year foundation programme followed by a specialist training programme which will vary in length. The revised training program is known as “Modernizing Medical Careers.”


Junior doctors who’ll finished senior house officer level under the old system by August 2007, will be applying for jobs for their final specialist training stage at the same time as the first batch of doctors under the new system complete their two year foundation course.


"For each of them, this has cost the taxpayer around a quarter of a million pounds. The fact that they could face unemployment is outrageous,” said Dr. Hilborne.


"The alternative - pushing doctors into dead-end jobs so they never get essential skills that would benefit their patients - is unacceptable and won't work,” he said.


“Doctors are simply going to leave the NHS instead,” Dr. Hilborne added.


On the other hand, some survey says that most junior doctors would rather chose to continue their training overseas than to take up a non-training post.




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