Government confirms plan to scrap NHS bursaries

Friday 22-07-2016 - 14:03

The government yesterday confirmed their plans to scrap NHS bursaries for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students in England.

The changes are an untested gamble that will pile over £50,000 of debt onto the shoulders of healthcare students starting their courses after August 2017.

The statement from Universities Minister Jo Johnson was snuck out on the last day of parliament together with a number of other announcements.

Government concessions

The government announced some concessions including additional childcare and travel provision and a hardship fund.

This followed a consultation that was responded to by NUS and many students’ unions.

The concessions recognise that NHS students have additional needs and are a testament to the campaigning of students, students’ unions, NUS and trade unions.

From numerous demonstrations and a huge petition organised by the grassroots #BursaryOrBust campaign to our report into the impact of the changes and the lobby of parliament, together we’ve forced this issue up the political agenda.

Get involved

NUS will continue to campaign against the changes and ensure that the government is held to account.

If you would like to be involved in the next phase of campaigning get in touch by emailing

In the meantime please continue to highlight your concerns to your VC, Dean of Health and local MPs. Full guidance is available on the NHS bursaries campaign pages.


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