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BIG QUESTION

How will the end of bursaries affect the NHS and students?

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Your answers to The Big Question 2 December 2015

 Re: Chancellor confirms nurse education reform, Steve Ford, 25 November 2015

Every week we are reading how short the NHS is of nurses and is struggling to fill vacancies. Who in their right mind is going to take up a course that is going to see them start off their career in such debt and take an age to pay back? Unfortunately (and not due to actual patient care), nursing is no longer an attractive career.

Anonymous, via nursingtimes.net

 

This is madness and will surely only lead to worse staff shortages. There is no way I could train to be a child nurse if it wasn’t for the bursary, I doubt there are any nurses who could! What exactly are they trying to achieve? Another case of just making up rules and never having experienced how things actually work and who goes into this profession. Complete bunch of idiots run this country and its just getting worse and worse.

Maria Dennison, via Facebook

 

Devastating for the future of nursing. We are an easy target for this government. These proposals make no sense and will deter UK students (many international students will get funding so will take up the course) from applying for what is considered the toughest degree to complete. Nursing students are already struggling financially and the universities are struggling to cope with current volumes, so how will this help?

Avril P Smith

 

Well done! Like life in the hospital isn’t bad enough with the staff shortages. Tell you what Mr Osborne, why don’t you leave your sheltered existence for a month and go and work in your local acute hospital or trauma centre, and see what really goes on? Maybe then you will stop taking the Michael out the NHS and work to make it better, not privatised.

Kayleigh Boulton

 

After £27,000 tuition fees for the three years of training on top of three years of student loans, our newly qualified nurses could potentially be in £50,000 debt before setting foot on the ward. I’m returning to university next year to finish my adult nursing degree. But there is no way I would have even considered my career under the new system. This is going to place a lot of stress on our current nurse workforce.

Anonymous, via nursingtimes.net

 

I’ve complained about the bursary. I have to live on £80 a month, but didn’t know hoaw lucky I was.

@SiobhanAdam

 

Not good news at all! I was supposed to start my nursing degree this year, but unfortunately I’ve had to put it off till 2017, right when this is due to come into place.

Katey Hogben, via Facebook

 

If you just want middle-class students from the home counties then sure, fees are fine. Nursing will lose its diversity.

@nurseboothroyd

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