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Nurse graduates can't find work

20th March 2008

Newly-qualified nurses and midwives are having difficulty finding work in the NHS months after they graduate.


Latest figures, obtained by the Liberal Democrats, show that there has been an 80% rise in the number of nurses out of work six months after qualifying.

Lib Dem health secretary Norman Lamb described the situation as a “disgraceful waste of human talent.?

The findings revealed that in 2005/06, 770 nursing and midwifery graduates did not have a NHS post compared with just over 400 in 2002/03 while almost 500 nurses and midwives had found work outside the NHS or in other healthcare work.

Mr Lamb added: “It’s no surprise that so many committed healthcare professionals have lost faith in the way Labour has run the NHS. Having trained for years at taxpayers’ expense, many nurses and midwives are now unable to find jobs.?

He has called on Labour to draw up a long-term workforce strategy.

The Royal College of Nursing said with 180,000 nurses due to retire in the next decade, the NHS could not afford to lose new blood.

Louise Silverton, deputy general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “It is a scandal that when there is a shortage of midwives that taxpayers are spending £45,000 to train each one, only to find too many of them offered only part-time work or unable to find a job when they qualify.?

The Department of Health said it was working with strategic health authorities and trade unions to maximise employment opportunities for newly-qualified nurses.


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