DH makes foundation jobs guarantee
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.
He said: ‘We are committed to ensuring that all graduates in the United Kingdom receive a place on a foundation training programme in 2013.’
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.’