MSC statement to medical students about UKFPO foundation placement allocations

A statement from the medical student committee (MSC) about discussions around the foundation programme allocation process by UKFPO.

Location: UK
Published: Friday 16 September 2022
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On Thursday 2 November, the BMA MSC (medical students committee) became aware that confidential information relating to stakeholder meeting with the UKFPO had been shared on social media.

We firstly want to apologise, both to medical students and the UKFPO, for any confusion caused by the way this information has been shared. It was never the intention of the committee for our internal emails to be made public without the correct contextual information and we are sorry for any alarm that may have been caused about foundation placement allocations.

We are taking steps to review our processes to prevent this from happening in future. As a committee, we work closely with the UKFPO to support the best possible allocation process for those entering the foundation programme.

It is normal for there to be discussions at UKFPO meetings about how existing processes are functioning and how they could be improved for future. The information about batch allocation circulating on social media came from such a discussion. However, it is very important to stress that discussions on the allocation process are in the very early stages as part of the usual annual review of UKFPO processes.

Should any changes be put forward, the MSC, as representatives of the wider medical student body, will have the opportunity to contribute to the debate and influence the outcome. It is always our intention to ensure that BMA members voices are heard and that the interests of medical students are recognised and addressed. We are listening to student concerns and will always take into account and communicate the strength and nature of the feelings our members about any future proposal.

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