The British Medical Association has hit out at what it calls the 'outrageous suggestion' that junior doctors applying for jobs in England next year could be shortlisted randomly.

Proposals contained in a National Association of Clinical Tutors memo suggest that tight competition for training posts will lead to many applications being discarded without being looked at, according to the BMA.

BMA junior doctors committee chair Ram Moorthy said: 'There is no way doctors are going to stand for random shortlisting. If this is true, it's an absolutely outrageous suggestion. You can't restrict doctors by picking numbers out of a hat.'