In March 2017, the Department of Health published the ‘Expansion of Undergraduate Medical Education’ which includes a proposal that medical graduates either complete a period of mandatory NHS service or incur a financial penalty.
ASiT and BOTA firmly oppose this proposal. It is our view, and that of the trainees we represent, that mandating a period of NHS service will negatively impact patient care and surgical training. Rather than increasing medical workforce recruitment and retention, this proposal would be detrimental to the motivation of dedicated, committed doctors, at a time when low morale is already well documented.
Please read our formal response to this consultation here.