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MTAS: Ditched. Hewitt: Still on £255,000 a year.


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 13 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

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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’?

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Comment from AndrewP

    15.42, 16/05/2007

This is exactly the point I made to Patricia Hewitt in my email to her straight after the Question Time program via their website (when she said she would respond to ALL questions). Perhaps unsuprisingly I have not yet received an answer and my question has so far not been deemed ‘representative enough’ to appear on the website. Either that or she has no reasonable answer!

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

    07.22, 17/05/2007

I’m glad you point out she said she’d answer all the questions – I thought I must have misheard, given that they only put three on the website. Clearly, Patricia Hewitt underestimated the strength of feeling on the issue once again, and didn’t realise she’d get thousands of questions.

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