Not enough jobs for medical students
- By: Oliver Ellis
Medical training is difficult, tiring, and sometimes unpleasant. During the day you deal with pompous consultants, stroppy juniors, and shouting nurses; then at night you settle down to read textbooks. Not much of a life, but in the UK at least you are guaranteed a job when you’ve graduated.
Not any more though. This year the UK might not have enough foundation year jobs so some medical graduates might be left out in the cold.
The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) have produced a contingency plan, of sorts, for anyone who is not allocated a job. Unfortunately the plan is, more or less, that unsuccessful applicants will have to hope someone else drops out, so they can take their job (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.c6314) .
In the article, the UKFPO argues that competition ought to be an integral part of becoming a doctor. It ensures only the most able applicants are allowed