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Midwife students facing employment crisis


More than 90% of final year midwifery students are struggling to find a job, according to latest survey findings.

The Royal College of Midwives survey of 170 students also showed that 58% of respondents were concerned about getting a job.

Additionally, the survey revealed that 81% said the move this year to degree-only training would have a negative financial impact on them, with 10% of respondents already saying they had debts of £7,000 to £9,000.

Alison Anderson, a final year student from Central Scotland, said: ‘It seems extremely unlikely that I will be able to secure a permanent post on qualifying. I will be unable to consolidate the experience I have gained during my training, which is extremely disheartening.’

Sue Jacob, student services advisor for the RCM, added: ‘We don’t want student midwives to be used to fill gaps in staff shortages on wards. We need to find a way for student midwives to get employment as midwives.’

‘This survey confirms what we have been saying for some time – that morale among student midwives is declining because of their accumulated debts and uncertainty about job prospects,’ said RCM general secretary Dame Karlene Davis.


Readers' comments (5)

  • I have just completed a return to professional practice midwifery course and am finding it difficult to get a position as a midwife. Why train us if there is no work? The government keep informing the media that more midwives are needed so where are the jobs?

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  • Many midwifes are fed up to the back teeth with poor staffing affecting morale and reducing standards of care to a pathetic minimum. Somebody somewhere pull your finger out and invest in proper staffing levels. Its a shame for all that this shabby situation goes on and on.............

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  • 2nd year student nurse from Lincoln.

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  • i agree. i'm just about to start my training and i have been wantin to be a midwife for 3years because i love hildren and i knoow we're short on them. but if the government is saying this why isn't there any jobs for nebody that have already graduated its rediculous!!

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