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Physios 'can't get any work'

21st January 2008

The BBC has gained access to a survey which reveals that 50% of physiotherapy graduates are unable to find work.


The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy sent out their survey to the 2,126 physiotherapy graduates who qualified in 2007.

726 physiotherapists responded to the survey. Only 184 had managed to find a permanent NHS junior post, while 191 had short term contracts.

The CSP estimated that 1,800 physiotherapists who have qualified since 2005 have been unable to find employment.

The NHS has forecasted a "substantial surplus" for this financial year. Phil Gray, CPS chief executive, said that the government should invest a "one-off" payment of £50m, "compared to £53m of taxpayers' money which is currently being wasted."

The NHS fund the costs of training each physiotherapist, which averages about £30,000 per graduate. It makes adjustments to the amount of therapists it requests universities to give training to in relation to "its workforce needs".

Over the last few years many new graduates have found it increasingly difficult to find jobs as the health service has concentrated on ridding itself of debt.

Bernhard Haas, deputy head of the School for Health Professions at the University of Plymouth, said: "It is very frustrating because the work is out there, the patients are waiting to be seen."

"Physiotherapists are key to rehabilitation, helping patients get out of hospitals and back into their own homes. A lack of therapists will delay that."

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