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."