Pressure group Remedy UK is claiming a 'mild victory' following a judicial review into the medical training and application system.

The High Court described MTAS, used for specialist training appointments, as a 'dreadful mess', adding that premature introduction had 'disastrous consequences'. It ruled that the review group set up to improve MTAS did not act unlawfully. The claimant, Remedy UK, has decided not to appeal. The review group decided to allow junior doctors who were not shortlisted a 'rescue interview'.

'Unfair system'

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt said offers for the first round of specialist recruitment and interviews for the current round should be completed by the end of May, and that initial offers would be made by postgraduate deaneries by 7 June.

Remedy UK co-founder Matt Jameson Evans said: 'Basically we had a mild victory. The judge felt there was lots of unfairness in the system but in the context of the medical establishment backing the review group's findings he could not find in our favour.

'We felt the seven-year consultant post should not be handed out. Instead there should be temporary posts and permanent appointments made later.'