AMA blames ‘flawed’ application process for missed placements

AMA Tasmania said the resident medical officers had not secured jobs for 2014 despite six or seven years of Tasmanian training. Most of the doctors were junior doctors currently employed at Royal Hobart Hospital.

In a statement, AMA Tasmania said it had formally asked the hospital to explain an application process that “has allegedly been flawed”.

“The application process should be standardised to ensure all applicants are equally assessed. This year excess weighting was placed on an interview rather than other elements of the application process such as referees and curriculum vitae,” it said.

The junior doctors felt “betrayed by the new system and no loyalty has been shown by the Royal Hobart Hospital to these hard-working and outstanding junior doctors”.

AMA Tasmania blamed a “lack of coordination of the recruitment process between all three Tasmanian health organisations”.