04 May 2016
Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, has called an Opposition Day Debate on the Government’s plans to replace NHS bursaries with student loans for student nurses, midwives and other allied health professionals. The debate will take place today (4th May) and will be based on a cross-party motion signed by 139 MPs from all major parties.
In the 2015 Autumn Statement (25 November), the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Government intended to replace NHS bursaries with student loans for new students commencing courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects with effect from the 2017-18 academic year. The government bases its rationale for these changes on six central premises:
MillionPlus believes there are a number of key questions regarding many of these assumptions that the government need to answer before moving forward with their plans.