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Fighting for student bursaries for NHS professionals

UNISON and the NUS have commissioned a report by London Economics which shows that removing the bursary will:
  • Put thousands of healthcare students and graduates into debt.
  • Reduce the number of people taking up healthcare places in higher education by as many as 2000.
  • Cause a fall in income for Higher Education institutions of between £55m to £77m per student intake.
  • Lead to a significant increase in staff shortages in the NHS, which will increase dependency on agency and overseas staff. The costs associated with this could wipe out all the potential savings the government claims removing the bursary will make.

You can read the report in full here

Bursary payments which compensate student nurses and health professionals for the time they are required to work without pay on wards and in the NHS, at times when other students can earn money to support themselves, are threatened by George Osborne's cuts announced in the autumn statement.

The health unions are working with student activists to promote this campaign

Facebook event page here

Email: nhsbursarycutsforum@gmail.com

Twitter: @NHSbursarycuts

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