Student nurses and midwives from across the country are to gather at Westminster in London today to lobby members of parliament over the government’s plans to remove bursaries next year.
The proposals would see the end of free education for healthcare students in England and the move to a loans system for both tuition fees and maintenance costs from August 2017.
“These are rotten plans – set to dump tens of thousands of pounds of new debt onto student midwives. The government should drop them”
Unions have called for the proposals to be dropped and are urging students to take part in the lobby, taking place from 10am until 4pm at the Houses of Parliament, to let MPs know their concerns.
Organisations co-ordinating the event include Unison, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing and the National Union of Students.
Those that cannot attend the lobby are being encouraged to write to their MPs and ask them to make a public call for the government to drop its plans for scrapping bursaries.
Speaking in a blog post, RCM public affairs advisor Stuart Bonar said: “The RCM has been actively opposing these plans since they were announced by the government at the end of last year.
“They are rotten plans – set to dump tens of thousands of pounds of new debt onto student midwives,” he said. “The government should drop them.”
“If enough people write to their MPs it has an effect. It really does. I hope you can help us oppose these plans, which will load down future midwives with eye-watering levels of debt,” he added.
A government consultation on how to implement the plans to remove bursaries is ongoing until 30 June.