Thousands of nurses out of work

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Nearly three-quarters (0) of newly-qualified nurses cannot find a permanent job in the Health Service, a study has found. Thousands are struggling to get a full-time post as the financial crisis in the NHS has led to job cuts and recruitment freezes. A survey from The Royal College of Nursing questioned (1) over 500 newly-qualified nurses and 2,200 students. Of (2) who had just graduated, it found that 71 per cent were still searching for a Band Five nursing job - the level at which nurses begin their career. And the majority - 86 per cent - were not confident of finding a permanent position, with more than nine out of ten blaming recruitment freezes and job cuts (3) their difficulties.
More than eight out of ten said they would consider retraining or looking for work in another profession if the problem continued. (4) it costs more than $50,000 to train each nurse, campaigners have called the situation a 'disgraceful (5) of taxpayers' money'. The RCN's secretary, Dr. Beverly Malone, said: "What message are we sending out to the nurses of the future if we spend tens of thousands of dollars training them, only to see them without jobs (6) at the beginning of their careers? The period straight after qualification is the single most important time in a nurse's career. (7) we welcome them into the profession, we risk losing them forever. Nurses are encouraged to train by this government, (8) ministers have let the NHS deteriorate to such a point that they (nurses) are unable to find jobs."