As the person responsible for commissioning the suppliers who introduced the errors that we have discovered, I should like to apologise unreservedly to all applicants. I do understand how upsetting and frustrating it must be to be told that you have a particular position one day – and then to be warned the next that this might not be the case.
Despite extensive piloting of the test and marking processes on several occasions, an unforeseeable and previously unrevealed issue came up when the papers from the live test were scanned for us. It is with deep regret that this error only came to light after the allocation was released. This was in part thanks to close liaison with Medical Schools.
Having discovered that a small number of you had been disadvantaged by the scanning error it would simply not have been correct knowingly to allow the process to stand. Let me reiterate my apologies – we shall provide the UKFPO with the results as soon as we are completely confident that we have done all we can to ensure their accuracy.
Dr Katie Petty-Saphon
Executive Director, on behalf of the Medical Schools Council