News in brief: February 2012
The UK government seems to have pledged to provide all UK medical students with a junior doctor job for the 2013 application cycle. “We are committed to ensuring that all graduates in the United Kingdom receive a place on a foundation training programme in 2013,” said Daniel Poulter, the undersecretary of state for health. He made the comment in a House of Commons debate, in response to questions on foundation programme oversubscription and the cost of training medical students.
The BMA responded to the announcement with enthusiasm. Alice Rutter, co-chair of the BMA’s Medical Student Committee, said, “The BMA has been putting pressure on the government to address the problems resulting from the ongoing oversubscription to the foundation programme, including highlighting that some medical graduates could face unemployment in years to come. This would be a colossal waste of the £266 000 (€309 500; $412 000) that is invested by taxpayers in training