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Graduate nurses job guarantee

23rd January 2007

Newly qualified nurses could be given a guarantee of getting their first job under a Conservative government.

Tory leader David Cameron told nurses at a conference he would consider providing graduate nurses with a one-year NHS post upon completing their training.

This would enable nurses to gain the work experience needed to find work elsewhere if there was none available in the health service.

He quoted a similar scheme which currently operates in Scotland.

He also told delegates that once in power, he would not undertake a restructure of the NHS, focusing instead on stability after nine reorganisations in as many years.

He also promised appropriate changing and laundry facilities for staff to help control MRSA rates after surveys showed one in two nurses don’t have access to changing facilities.

Although the government rejected employment guarantees for nurse graduates, the Royal College of Nursing said it would support the move.

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