Psychology graduates lack support

Pat Ramsey, the Northern Irish Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) Employment and Learning Spokesman and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Foyle, is calling on the Ministry for Health to provide more support for newly-qualified psychologists in finding employment.

He hopes this will prevent them from being out of work or emigrating to find opportunities. Mr Ramsay said he has been approached by psychology graduates and their families about the difficulties in getting a job within the health sector.

The politician said that his constituency has produced the highest number of psychology graduates over the past five years. He believes the government should investigate the lack of opportunities:

"These are highly skilled graduates who would contribute immensely to our already over-burdened health system in that area."

Dr Carole Allan, President of the British Psychological Society, said: "I'm really pleased that Mr Ramsey has raised the issue of psychology graduates finding employment.

"Psychology has an important part to play helping people, businesses and society in general."

Last week, Northern Irish health sector workers striked along with their counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales.