The wake of the 2015 Autumn Spending Review saw the introduction of loans for up to 10,000 new nursing students. The NHS bursary, which covered tuition fees for those studying a nursing degree has been scrapped and replaced with a further loan. These cuts, starting in September 2017, will lead to repayments on loans amounting to £900 taken immediately from nursing graduates wages.
[su_pullquote]90% of hospitals currently have a nursing shortage, according to Jeremy Corbyn[/su_pullquote]Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has spoken out against the proposed cuts, arguing that as “nine out of ten hospitals currently have a nursing shortage” the removal of bursaries will cause further escalation of staff shortages. David Cameron has defended this decision with claims of savings of £800m a year and that plans will prevent capping of numbers of nursing degree places.
UEA first year nursing student Juana Ha however disagrees: “From a mature student’s point of view, I wouldn’t have been able to do a nursing degree without the bursary as I’m already in debt from my previous degree”.