HCSA advice to those affected by ST3 application failure

Trainees applying for ST3 posts are currently receiving their revised offers following the major error last week in the initial allocation.

HCSA is advising any members affected who are concerned about the outcome to contact their national officer or one of our JD Network leads.

In response to the failure HCSA has issued the following statement:

"HCSA has been clear that it is incumbent on those responsible to ensure that no-one is left out of pocket, and no-one is facing joblessness.

"The many doctors in training affected have been left in limbo by this situation.

“In some circumstances the decision to withdraw offers and re-run the recruitment process could represent a breach of contract, and we are prepared to seek legal advice where necessary in order to secure compensation for any HCSA members affected.

"While the simplest way to avoid this would have been to seek to honour the original offers where possible, the decision has been taken to rerun the process. Our fear has been that the decision to do so will only create more chaos and distress. But we shall see the full impact in coming hours and days.

"While the root of this situation has been identified as human error, it has uncovered serious shortcomings in the checks and safeguards in place around something so crucial. It is surprising in 2018 that the cause appears to be related to problems with copying and pasting across multiple Excel spreadsheets.

"We shall make representations to both Health Education England and the RCP to seek changes that ensure such chaos never happens again, and hope that this will be the catalyst for a system change so that this vital process is supported by IT that reflects its importance."