The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes the Government’s decision to abandon the MTAS process
May 15, 2007 - 9:42:10 AM
The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes the Government’s decision to abandon the MTAS process.
The medical training application service (MTAS) system used to match junior doctors to specialist training posts has been shelved by ministers. Instead, the recruitment process will be CV-based, and handled at a local level by medical deaneries.
The system ran into serious trouble with many complaining about a lack of posts, poorly designed recruitment forms and technical failures with the online application system.
‘It has become abundantly clear in the last few weeks that the selection process was irretrievably flawed ’ says Professor Dinesh Bhugra, College Dean.
‘The system caused untold stress to thousands of doctors, their families, as well as employers. We need to take lessons from this fiasco on board, and ensure that any system which replaces MTAS does so effectively, sensitively and appropriately, and is piloted extensively.
The pressures on individuals, consultants as well as trainees, had become unmanageable.
We are aware that this abandonment adds another dimension to the uncertainty, and we extend our support and help to trainees and trainers.’
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