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5 minute news round up: 23 July 2016

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Despite the protestspetitions and opposition from MPs and the general public, the student nurse bursary is officially being scrapped in England from autumn 2017.

Scrolling through the comments on this story and on our Facebook page it’s difficult to find anyone who believes the government’s party line that this move will increase student nurse numbers. In fact the most common response seems to be: “If there had not been the bursary I would not have been able to have undertaken my training”.

The announcement came on the same day as the House of Lords debate on the impact leaving the European Union could have on safe staffing. Baroness Mary Watkins pointed out that the changes to student nurse funding are coming at an “increasingly risky” time. NHS leaders added weight to her argument, warning of the risk to their ability to deliver current levels of care if many of their EU were to leave following Brexit.

On the subject of nurse training, this week we broke the story of the ongoing debate among mental health leaders and experts over whether student nurses should specialise from the outset during their training, as is currently the case, or at a later point once they have received more general education.

Finally, a review of support for students to whistleblow has found lack of clarity about who they should report to and how mentors should help them, leading academics to say it may currently be unwise to ask students to speak up.

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