Doctors defend online system for allocating junior doctor posts
Doctors have defended the computer system used to allocate medical graduates to training posts despite the fact that 10% of the United Kingdom's final year medical students failed to secure training posts in the first round of applications. They claim that the new scheme (see www.newdoctor.org) is fairer and more transparent than the old, interview based system. Although there were some problems with the scheme and some were substantial, these will be resolved by September, in time for next year's applications, promise those in charge.
A letter in the Times sparked a fierce debate over the suitability of the online selection procedure developed by the modernising medical careers scheme to place final year medical students into the first year of the NHS foundation programme (4 March, p 22).
The letter, signed by 84 medical professors and senior clinicians, criticised the scheme as “a process that has been implemented without adequate