Trainee jobs shortage third year running

THERE are more applicants to the foundation programme than there are available jobs for the third year running, it has been confirmed.

The shortfall in vacancies for newly qualified doctors was predicted earlier this year.

The UK Foundation Programme Office said applications from individuals who do not provide proof of their right to work in the UK by January 16, 2013 will not be considered. They will be removed from the national process and the number for oversubscription will be announced on January 21, 2013.

As in previous years, those who are not found places will be placed on a reserve list in February.

The UKFPO moved to reassure trainee doctors by saying it would be “working closely with the medical schools to ensure pastoral support is in place” for those on the reserve list.

In 2011 the UKFPO announced there was a surplus of 81 applications while in 2010 the programme was oversubscribed by 185 applicants.

Most doctors on the reserve list are allocated to a foundation school within a couple of months. Last year all reserve applicants were found a place by the end of April.

For more information visit www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk