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Commitment to safeguard medical graduate jobs

Government makes pledge on foundation programme

Jo Carlowe

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Department of Health has formally committed for the first time to ensuring every eligible medical school graduate has a foundation programme place this year.

Health minister Dan Poulter made the pledge in response to a written Commons question on how he planned to manage oversupply of students to the training programme.

“We are committed to ensuring that all graduates in the United Kingdom receive a place on a foundation training programme in 2013,” said the minister.

The British Medical Association has described the statement as ‘encouraging’.

BMA medical students committee co-chair Alice Rutter said the association had been putting pressure on the government to address the problems resulting from the ongoing foundation programme oversubscription.

She said: “It is therefore encouraging to see this firm commitment from the minister that all UK medical graduates will have a job to go to once they leave medical school.

“We look forward to seeing the government fulfil this promise.”

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