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Graduate physiotherapists struggling to find work

Published: Tuesday, 22 January 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

A new survey has revealed that half of all physiotherapists who graduated last year are struggling to find work.

As the NHS has worked towards eliminating financial deficit, many graduates have found themselves "frozen out" of entry level jobs.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has said that the government needs to address the issue as the funding for the training has come from the NHS.

A survey sent out by CSP found that just 184 out of 726 respondents said they had found a permanent position.

The CSP estimates that some £53 million has been wasted on training graduates who have not been able to find work since graduating in 2005.

Commenting on requests to employ the backlog of graduates, Phil Gray, CPS chief executive, told the BBC: "We are calling on the government to put in a one-off investment of £50 million, compared to £53 million of taxpayers' money which is currently being wasted."
The CSP is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 47,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

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