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BMA calls for solution to junior doctor application system

28th February 2013

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for urgent action to rectify problems with an application process that could be disrupting the efforts of more than 7,200 medical students to find work.

Concerns have been raised by sector leaders after the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) revealed it will be re-marking a number of final year medical students' applications to the Foundation Programme due to scoring errors.

The announcement was made a day after the affected medical students had been told their results and briefed on where they would be starting their first jobs as doctors, placements that have now been put on hold until the matter is resolved.

According to the BMA, this situation is "completely unacceptable", especially given evidence that UKFPO had seen this problem coming earlier, but chose to carry on allocating jobs to the students regardless.

Dr Ben Molyneux, chair of the BMA's junior doctors' committee, said: "It is regrettable that these errors have occurred and the UKFPO must find a fair and appropriate solution to ensure that these students are able to take up their posts in the hospitals."

Earlier this month, the association raised concerns about planned government changes to England's GP contract, which it believes will increase bureaucracy and undermine patient care quality.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801548847-ADNFCR

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