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MTAS has been ditched. It will no longer be used to match junior doctors to specialist training posts. Ministers have realised that it is simply not fit for purpose.
Let me remind you what Patricia Hewitt said on Question Time on BBC One on 8th May 2007 (or remind yourself using the video mini-video on the right, or see the full-size version here):
If a minister is responsible for a major policy blunder or acts unethically then of course they should go.
Patricia Hewitt oversaw the introduction of a massively expensive computer system for matching junior doctors to specialist training posts. It has failed. It has spewed out intimate personal details of applicants onto publicly accessible parts of the web. And now it’s been ditched.
How is that not a ‘major policy blunder’?