Saturday, March 29, 2008

No Jobs for Midwives??

No more than three days have passed since Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council were forced to admit that they could no longer afford the number of teachers currently employed by the Local Authority, we recieve yet another blow from New Labour. The number of nurses and midwives who are unemployed six months after qualifying has increased, nationally, by over 80% in the last three years.

The figures, quoted by Lib Dem News and acquired by the Liberal Democrats Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb MP, show that six months after graduating:

  • Almost three-quarters more nurses and midwives are now working in jobs outside of their profession than in 2002/3

  • Nearly a third more doctors are unemployed than in 2002/3

  • Over 1,000 nurses were unemployed in 2005/6, the most recent year that statistics are available

The Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb MP said:

"This is a disgraceful waste of human talent and a scandolous use of public money. Its no surprise that so many committed healthcare professionals have lost faith in the way that Labour has run the NHS."

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