Professor Peter Rubin has replied to the letter from Prof Morris Brown et al in the Times.
"We have expressed no public view because, in contrast to our extensive powers over the content and outcomes of speciality training, PMETB’s statutory remit in matters of selection for training is limited to determining that the process can identify those who are eligible to undertake it.
Our powers do not encompass those aspects of selection that have caused distress to many doctors: choosing between eligible candidates. Neither do we determine the number of training posts. While PMETB was an interested party in the judicial review, Mr Justice Goldring offered no criticism of our actions."This makes no sense at all. He admits on one hand that PMETB has a remit to determine that the process can identify those whoe are eligible to undertake it, however on the other hand he claims that PMETB's powers do not encompass those aspects of selection that have caused much distress.
He is skating on very thin ice here as PMETB have been involved from the beginning in a lot of the faulty selection procedures. Either PMETB had no role and are therefore a complete waste of space, or they deserve their share of the blame for this mess. In my opinion they are partly to blame and are also a waste of space, so there is an element of truth from both explanations.