The government has recently introduced a new computerised system to help find specialist "junior" doctors their next job. This has been a c*ck up of monumental proportions and many of our best young doctors are being thrown out on the streets.
10 years ago when my husband and his cohort were applying for jobs the jobs were advertised and they applied for them. Good doctors with good CVs normally got good jobs.
The "MTAS" automatically processes a doctors CV and then the computer decides whether you are given an interview. MTAS is specifically designed so that newer doctors are "not disadvantaged" i.e. it takes no account of experience. Doctors are only allowed to apply 4 times. No advice or councilling or follow up is offered. My grass roots contacts tell me that a whole generation of brilliant doctors are set to leave the country. This is outrageous and MPs should act.
The worst thing is that Patricia Hewitt MP, the Secretary of State for Health is apparently refusing to meet with any of her own constituents if they work for the Health Service. You can see all the comments here and here.
If you scroll down a lot you find this entry...
"Interesting that Ms Hewitt is my MP.
When applying to see her at her weekly surgery i was asked and subsequently informed appointments would not be made with NHS staff(i am a surgeon).
.... with over 5 years postgraduate experience and my surgical RC membership....and no MTAS interview."
In laymans terms this means that this doctor is a high flyer - a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. He has no job and no MP prepared to represent him.