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Council of Deans of Health and Universities UK should stick to their primary purpose

Scrapping nursing bursaries and bringing in tuition fees will do nothing to address workforce planning issues, says health consultant Tom Bolger

Since when has it been the role of the Council of Deans of Health (CoDH) and Universities UK (UUK) to reduce the cost of education to the taxpayer and eradicate boom and bust workforce planning?

Their constitution states that their ‘primary purpose is teaching, scholarship and research, financial accountability and independence, and accountability to students and the wider public’. Their proposal to scrap nursing bursaries and bring in tuition fees does nothing to achieve any of these purposes, and will do little or nothing to reduce the cost of education to the taxpayer or address inadequate workforce planning.

Students would be front-loaded with debt that their future career earnings are unlikely to enable


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