A new independent review will be established to take forward the Government’s policy of modernising medical careers, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has announced. Ms Hewitt said it would “clarify and strengthen” the principles of the beleaguered Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) programme and ensure that necessary changes were made in the future.She apologised “unreservedly” to doctors for the recent chaos over medical training, but insisted the Government now had “the right way forward” and that applicants could be “confident that they will be treated fairly”.
Judy Viitanen has commented on this in previous news blogs – and as a healthcare PR and public affairs lobbying company, it is an issue that PRimage will continue to monitor and comment on. Judy Viitanen is pleased that junior doctors have been guaranteed an interview for their first-choice job – but there are still many aspects that the junior doctors lobby are concerned about. According to BMA figures, 34,250 junior doctors have applied for 18,500 specialist posts around the UK. PRimage was interested to read Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley’s comment that Ms Hewitt had been forced to “eat three helpings of humble pie over the issue!”.