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Monday, May 15 2017
Speaking at the Royal College of Nursing Congress today, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has confirmed that the Party would reinstate student bursaries, which benefit nursing, midwifery and allied health students, with immediate effect.
In 2015, the Conservative Government announced they would be scrapping bursaries for nursing students from August 2017.
UCAS figures show that the number of applications for nursing courses due to start this year were approximately 10,000 lower – down by nearly a quarter – compared to the same point last year. The Liberal Democrats argue that this short-sighted cut will compound the existing shortage of nurses in the NHS, threatening the quality of patient care.
Bridget Fox, Parliamentary Candidate for the Cities of London and Westminster said:
"We are proud to be standing on such a strong pro-NHS platform from the Liberal Democrats. Our pledge of 1p in the pound on income tax will generate an extra £6bn a year for the NHS and adult social care."
Alex Harding, Parliamentary Candidate for Westminster North said:
"With so many major teaching hospitals in our area, this extra support for student nurses will be a major benefit to our community."
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:
"The evidence has shown a drastic fall in the number of people applying to study nursing following this dangerously short-sighted cut.
"The Liberal Democrats are proud that we are committing to support nurses, midwives and other NHS professionals, not only by reinstating the bursary but by ending the cap on public sector pay rises and giving our NHS the extra money it needs over the next Parliament, which will reduce pressures on our hardworking staff."
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