A friend currently undertaking Medical Finals has just received a letter informing her that her bankrupt NHS Trust can only afford to pay her Band 1a for her Foundation 1 post, beginning in August.
Band 1a is to the tune of £21,000. This is roughly equivalent to the amount of debt a typical medical student might accumulate during their training. With the implementation of tuition fees, the abolition of grants, fewer jobs for junior doctors, a new and flawed application scheme and six years of training, its a small wonder that anybody applies to medical school at all.
On the other hand, this Times Money article features a friend - in a similar F1 post - whose NHS Trust can afford to pay her £29,000; eight thousand pounds more. [The Trust is on the outskirts of London - and thus less desireable to some].
The inequality amongst house jobs is quite staggering, and with the new Multi-Deanery Application Process proving a lottery for jobs, morale is low amongst students.
This is hardly the type of letter I'd want to receive during the biggest exams of any medical student's life. The Government need to think strongly about how their decisions are affecting our lives, or we might see some worrying trends in the future.