Responding to the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) update1 on the ST3 recruitment process following the error earlier this month which meant applicants had their offers rescinded, Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, BMA junior doctors committee chair, said:
“After what has been a stressful few weeks of uncertainty for the junior doctors affected by this month’s recruitment error, we are pleased that all who received offers initially have now been placed, and that those who have been offered a less desirable post are being given individualised support.
“While we were appalled by the error that led to so many junior doctors having their offers rescinded and the subsequent anxiety this caused for those involved, credit must go to the RCP for their response. The RCP have worked with us to resolve the issue in the most timely and fair manner it could. We must also recognise the understanding and resolve shown in the last three weeks by the affected doctors, who the BMA has also been supporting throughout.
“The focus should now be on finalising the process for the final set of offers through clearing, and providing options and appropriate support for those who miss out.
“In the long term, the whole system must seriously reflect on this error to guarantee nothing like this can happen again, and to ensure junior doctors are truly valued not just as members of the NHS workforce but as individuals with their own lives and needs.”
Notes to editors
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1. Find the RCP’s update here.