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Student nurses face record debts

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Student nurses are racking up more debt than ever before, survey results suggest.

While the average debt is just over £7,000, some are in the red by more than £25,000, according to a Unison survey of 650 students.

Additionally, more than two thirds of respondents have taken on a part-time job to make ends meet.

‘It cannot be right that 38% of students work more than 53 hours a week and yet debt is still rising,’ said Gail Adams, Unison’s head of nursing. ‘It will take years to clear these crushing debts.’

She said it would be fairer to pay students a salary for their ward work rather than the current bursary system.



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