Please Deliver Us from Jobs Crisis Say Young Midwives; More Than 90% of Final-Year Midwifery Students Are Struggling to Find a Job Health Reporter HELEN RAE Reports on Their Plight

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STUDENT midwifes are being plunged into debt and uncertainty about job prospects.

That is the finding of a survey published by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

It revealed 90% of final year midwifery students were struggling to find a job and 58% were concerned about gaining employment.

The survey also found that 81% thought the move to degree-only training would have a negative impact on them and many already had debts between pounds 7,000 and pounds 9,000.

The study of 170 students throughout the UK is the second to be carried out looking at aspects of student midwives' work, morale, hopes and aspirations, to see how attitudes are changing with the shift to an all-graduate profession in 2008.

Results showed morale was at an all-time low.

Helen Martin, from Belmont, Durham, is a midwifery student at the University of Teesside.

The 22-year-old said: "I was one of the students who took part in the survey and the findings are to be expected.

"Many of us are concerned about finding a job when we graduate. There seems to be a job crisis at the moment as the number of people applying for positions substantially outweighs the amount of jobs available.

"I had hoped I'd be able to stay in the North East when I've finished my degree in September but I don't expect that will happen. I will probably have to relocate somewhere else.

"Had I known there was going to be a problem getting a job I may have looked at other ways to get into the profession, perhaps training as a nurse first. …