Analysis

Opposition to bursaries rises

Nurses and healthcare bodies speak out as consultation draws to a close     
Student protest

One issue has provoked a 160,000-strong petition, an impassioned letter to prime minister David Cameron and a march to the heart of government: the proposals to axe the student bursary.

Students protest against the government's bursary plans. Picture: David Gee

On the eve of the deadline for the government consultation, the anger felt across the profession about plans to cut the funding for nursing students shows no sign of waning.

In one of the last demonstrations before the deadline on 30 June, dozens of students took to the stage during a debate on the issue at this month’s RCN congress in Glasgow.

Kathryn Davies, an RCN student committee member and final-year nursing student at the University of Surrey, spoke on their behalf.

‘Under the proposed scheme it would take me 100 years to pay back my loan as a band 5,’ she said.

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