Labour ministers ignored junior doctor recruitment warnings

Thousands of junior doctors had their careers thrown into chaos last summer because of “inept” decisions at the highest levels, according to a report by MPs.

Warnings over a new recruitment system and possible job shortages were ignored by the Department of Health, says the Commons health committee.

The labour government’s failure to restrict the access of overseas doctors to training posts in Britain was also “inexcusable”, it says.

The report also singles out Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer for England, saying that confidence in his abilities among the medical profession has been “seriously damaged” by the debacle.

Doctors’ groups said the report was a “damning indictment” of the Government’s failure to listen to warnings from the medical profession.

Thousands of junior doctors found themselves in limbo last year when a combination of factors, including a new computerised recruitment process, left their search for jobs in disarray.

Hundreds marched in protest, which prompted an apology from Patricia Hewitt, the former health secretary.


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