Jobs shortage "better than last year"

MORE than three per cent of trainee doctors are still waiting to find a job, new figures show.

A total of 7,114 applicants (almost 97 per cent) have been given a place on the foundation programme beginning this August. Of those, just over 92 per cent got into one of their top five schools.

That leaves 235 on the reserve list who will be allocated jobs in batches over the coming months. The UKFPO says this figure is almost one per cent lower than the same time last year.

This is the fourth year running that the foundation programme has been oversubscribed.

UKFPO director Professor Derek Gallen said: “I am delighted to announce that despite another year of oversubscription, we are in a better position than this time last year.

“Over 96 per cent of applicants have been placed in jobs today, with 82 per cent allocated to one of their top two foundation school choices which is a four per cent increase from last year. I am also pleased that there has been a decrease in the reserve list this year.”

But he admitted that work still needs to be done to find posts for reserve list applicants.

“The UKFPO and the foundation schools are working hard to make this process go smoothly,” he added. “As in previous years, we will continue to improve the application process in response to feedback from students and other stakeholders.”

He said applicants would be supported by their local medical school and would be kept “well informed” about forthcoming reserve list allocations.

They are due to take place on May 29, June 26 and July 10

Read the UKFPO’s Oversubscription Guide for Applicants