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UK medical graduates left jobless
Tuesday, 09 October 2007
An online application system for recruiting medical graduates has been scrapped, following claims that is has left thousands of applicants jobless.
The system was introduced in 2005 to recruit junior doctors into training posts, but the changes resulted in almost twice as many medical graduates applying for jobs as there were posts this year.
And an independent inquiry into the application system has called for new measures to protect graduate recruitment from UK medical schools, enhancing their chances of pursuing a medical career in the long run.
Reacting to the news, health minister Ben Bradshaw said: "The choice facing us and the medical profession is whether we accept that international medical graduates will displace UK medical graduates, or that we decide to maximise the opportunities for UK medical graduates and the taxpayers investment in them."
In England in 2007, there were nearly 28,000 graduate junior doctors applying for around 15,500 training places.
UK medical graduates are facing ever-increasing global competition in the recruitment process, with the government forecasting that over half of applicants in 2008 will have been received their initial medical training outside Europe.