Government Confirms Healthcare Student Bursaries Will Be Scrapped Next Year
The Department of Health has announced that bursaries for student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in England will end next year.
Student bursaries will be replaced with loans, enabling the Government to save £800 million which will instead be allocated toward increasing the number of nursing roles to hit 2020 targets.
The move means caps on nursing classes sizes can also be scrapped - places were previously limited by the number of bursaries Health Education England allocated - which the government hopes will lead to more students entering the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.
However, both the Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Midwives believe the move was unfair to students from financially-disadvantaged backgrounds who could not afford to enter healthcare professions.
They went on to argue that the move threatens the future of the healthcare professions in England, as student numbers will plummet due to new financial barriers, meaning those who want to train could be put off by insufficient maintenance funds.
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