NHSCC: Scrapping NHS Bursary Scheme 'Counter-Intuitive'
The NHS Clinical Commissioners nursing forum has condemned the government's plans to scrap bursaries for nurses, midwives and allied health professional students.
In comments made in the organisation's response to the consultations into the potentially removing bursaries, the NHSCC argued that more time was needed to assess the potential impact of the government's proposal and implement a workforce planning assessment.
And while the government says that removing bursaries will increase the number of nurses entering the profession because nurse recruiting numbers will not long be capped, the NHSCC argued that there is 'no clear evidence' this action will increase student numbers.
The NHSCC believes the opposite will happen - that by taking away bursaries and replacing them with the proposed student support system, student numbers would dwindle as those who require financial support would be unable to supply.
Furthermore, they believe the quality of professionals being put forward would also dwindle, as students will be chosen on their ability to pay for training, rather than showcasing characteristics key to their chosen profession.
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