Scottish PRHO job allocation scheme fails applicants
Final year medical students in Scotland are having to undergo unnecessary interviews for preregistration house officer (PRHO) jobs because of a failure in the Scottish PRHO allocation scheme.
The allocation scheme fills the majority of PRHO placements in Scotland. It uses a sophisticated computer system that allocates medical students to clinical units throughout Scotland, based on submitted preferences (1-3) of both the medical student applicant and the employing hospital units.
Students have been interviewed for posts in hospitals where the post had been made non-compliant and removed. Trusts did this in the hope that the posts would be made compliant before August 2002.
Implementation of the new deal for junior doctors (agreed with the NHS in 1990) means that PRHO posts should not involve more than 56 hours a week (72 including oncall) from August 2001. Compliance of PRHO posts with the new deal was recently monitored, coinciding with the