Department of Health Statement on MTAS security breach.

Hi official statement from Department of health by lord Hunt regarding security breach.

Lord Hunt reassures applicants about security measures being taken

Lord Hunt said:

"I apologise for the distress caused to both medical students and junior doctors in recent weeks. I wish to reassure all applicants that we are working extremely hard to ensure the complete security of the Medical Training Application Service.

"Because confidential personal information is involved, security is our top priority. The Department is urgently investigating the alleged breaches.

"This investigation will seek to establish how the breaches arose, who accessed any data without authorisation and what steps need to be taken to prevent a recurrence.

"As soon as the new problem became apparent on Thursday, we instructed our IT providers to close down the MTAS site whilst we perform full independent security tests. It will not be re-opened until we are absolutely satisfied with the security arrangements. This closure will have minimal impact on the current round and we aim to have the interview booking section of the site available to specialty training applicants as soon as possible.

"Queries made during the re-preferencing period are being followed through by the relevant deaneries. I can assure applicants that if they are found to be eligible they will be invited to interview.

"The independent review into Modernising Medical Careers will clarify and strengthen the principles underlying doctors' training and inform any improvements for 2008 and beyond."

Sreeram Penna