ST3 debacle: job offers to be re-issued this week


  • Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Professional News
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Tomorrow (Thursday 10 May), the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) will begin re-issuing ST3 job offers to the hundreds of junior doctors who may have initially received incorrect offers due to “human error” in awarding scores. According to the BMJ, up to 1,500 junior doctors are caught up in the debacle and face an anxious wait, as the College has decided to re-run the process in its entirety in order to be fair to doctors who may not have gotten the job they originally would have preferred. In a statement issued on Monday (May 7), the RCP said: “There have been many reasonable concerns expressed about allowing programme preferences to be revised. We have spoken to many affected doctors, trainee representatives, the BMA, the relevant education bodies in the different nations and the IT suppliers as to what will be best. Everyone is agreed that the best option is to run the offers process with the preferences as they were stated on Friday 4 May 2018.” However, the College acknowledges that some candidates with have individual circumstances that they will want to talk through and be supported with. “We will provide that support, with details of how to access it, when the offers are made and are ready to work with each trainee on an individual basis to address their circumstances,” it has assured. On Thursday May 3, the RCP discovered that a considerable number of ST3 candidates had been credited with the wrong score because of an error in transferring data from one computer program to another. Affected candidates were notified the next day. The process was re-run on Tuesday May 8 to identify doctors whose revised offers differ from their original ones, and they will be notified this week.