Junior doctors in the UK are not well prepared to become hospital doctors or to perform basic tasks such as giving a patient an injection, according to a new study.

The research published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal evaluated first year doctors in two teaching hospitals in the UK based on their core knowledge, skills and attitudes.

The research showed that the medical graduates were ill-prepared in clinical and practical skills such as diagnosing patients and calculating drug dosages.

The new medics were judged by specialist doctors and consultants against 11 core standards set by the UK’s General Medical Council.