Helen today criticised the effect of cuts to NHS nursing and allied health professionals’ bursaries. From 2017, the Government intends to stop bursaries for nurses and allied health professionals. Experts have warned that this will lead to a fall in staff numbers, as people will not want to take on loans debt or may not be able to afford to retrain.
“Cuts to NHS bursaries will have a dreadful on Bishop Auckland. The Durham School of Podiatric Medicine have a training clinic in the constituency. There are 84 students currently on their undergraduate training programme, and they take in around 30 new students a year. These numbers will fall if students can’t afford to enrol. Surely it is better to train people in the UK rather than continually going abroad to poach other countries’ staff?
“Not only do we want to keep training and education in the area – the ageing population means we are in desperate need of podiatrists. I have signed the Parliamentary Early Day Motion tabled by my colleagues and have written to Jeremy Hunt asking him to reconsider this disastrous decision.
Helen has joined over 100 other MPs in signing Early Day Motion 1081: THE NHS BURSARY which presses the government to celebrate the contribution of student nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and other healthcare staff; expresses serious concerns about the potential impact of removing NHS bursaries on the recruitment and retention of staff; and calls on the Government to drop its plans to remove NHS bursaries and instead consult on how it can best fund and support the future healthcare workforce.
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