By Sophia Koumi and Jack Haywood, your current and incoming VP for Education (Health)
On Thursday 21st July, the Government confirmed that NHS bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional courses will be replaced with loans and fees for new students from September 2017. We are extremely disappointed that the Government has recklessly decided to go ahead with the changes, even after a consultation period.
Nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students are a fundamental part of the NHS healthcare team. Nurses are placed on a rota from day one of their placements and are expected to work alongside paid members of staff. From September 2017 they will be paying to work. The vast majority will also not earn anywhere near enough in their careers to pay off the hefty debts (which will be over £50,000).
We are committed to doing whatever we possibly can to fight these changes, and will be taking direction from the Bursary or Bust campaign to plan our next steps. Over the coming weeks we will also be working with KCL to clarify their position on the changes, and make a case for them to provide extra support financial and otherwise to students who will be affected.
You can find out more about the Bursary or Bust campaign on their Facebook page, and we will provide an update once we have more information.
In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with us.