MPs Table Early Day Motion Over Healthcare Student Bursary Removal
A Labour MP has launched an early day motion to highlight concern and alarm over the government's plans to remove bursaries for allied health, midwifery and nursing students.
Sir Alan Meale - MP for Mansfield - tabled the motion last week, stating his concern over government plans to replace bursaries with loans from autumn 2017 which would saddle students with £51,000 of debt by the time they have completed their studies.
The motion highlights that allied health, midwifery and nursing students have little free time to earn extra money and make ends meet due to their comparatively longer academic year and the unpaid placements they are expected to complete.
It also encouraged the government to listen to the twenty-plus healthcare trade unions and charities - including the Royal College of Nursing - that have voiced concern over the plans.
The motion backs the view put across by these organisations - that removing the bursary would be dangerous for the NHS, as financial pressures would lead to less applications for student places, which would put further strain on health services.
A total of 12 MPs have signed the motion, and trade unions such as Unison are encouraging students to contact their local MP and ask them to put their name to the EDM.
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