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Healthcare students descend on Westminster to save NHS bursaries

Thursday 26-05-2016 - 12:49

MPs urged not to saddle nurses, midwives and allied health professionals with over £50,000 of debt.

Yesterday students from across the UK travelled to parliament to meet their MPs about the planned cuts to NHS student bursaries.

The lobby was attended by over 130 students’ union and trade union representatives, student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals whose courses will be affected by the cuts.

They met with MPs from across the political spectrum to explain how the proposed changes would affect their ability to train and deter future generations from entering the professions.

Speakers at the rally afterwards included student campaigners, Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.

Next up is a demonstration on Saturday 4 June organised by the grassroots #BursaryOrBust campaign.

On Thursday 2 June from 10am – 12noon there will also be the opportunity for students’ unions to feed into NUS’ response to the government consultation. Email campaigns@nus.org.uk if you would like to join via phone or Skype.

 

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