Biggest ever jobs shortage confirmed

THE number of trainee doctors who will have to wait to find a job this year is at its highest ever level.

The UK Foundation Programme Office confirmed there are currently 399 more eligible applicants than places available on the August 2015 training programme.

That’s the biggest reserve list since the programme was first oversubscribed in 2010. The previous record-high was in 2013 with a shortfall of 295 places.

The top scoring 7,109 applicants will be placed on the primary list for allocation on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The rest will be placed on a reserve list to be allocated in batches over the following months.

The UKFPO expects the number of applicants to fall slightly between now and March 5 as some candidates fail final exams or withdraw from the process.

UKFPO National Director Professor Derek Gallen said: “Despite this being the biggest reserve list since the programme was first oversubscribed, I would like to reassure applicants that to date all eligible applicants have been placed in jobs by the start of the programme in August, and I anticipate that this year will be no different.”

Reserve list applicants will be allocated posts in three batches. The first takes place on May 28, followed by a second round on June 30 and a final allocation on July 15.

In 2014 the programme was oversubscribed by 293 places with all trainees eventually found a job by June.

For more information visit www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

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