BMA supports junior doctors who boycott training reforms
- By: Richard Hurley
Junior doctors unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in the UK government's reforms to their training at the BMA's annual junior doctors' conference in London on 8 May. The BMA pledged support for junior doctors who boycott new training programmes, expressed concern over the possible lowering of professional standards, and intends to lobby for a delay in implementation of new reforms.
The government describes its reforms--Modernising Medical Careers--as a means of improving “the quality of training for doctors through structured programmes ensuring... training is streamlined.” They will affect some 36 000 doctors in training.
The reforms specify that, from August 2005, newly qualified junior doctors will follow a two year foundation programme. But currently little information is available about the content of the courses or the means of assessment. In some pilot areas, medical students are already applying for their first jobs the year before they graduate; whether these