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Student nurses walkout over bursary decision

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NHS workers will walkout from their place of work NHS workers will walkout from their place of work today

Nurses and student nurses will walk out today against the government's decision to cut student nurse bursaries.

Student nurses across the country will walkout of their placements or places of employment for one hour between 10am and 11am. The walkout has been scheduled to coincide with the junior doctor strike also happening today. The aim is for the NHS workers to show solidarity with one another.

Emma Clewer, a student nurse, said that the walkout was a way for students to support one another.

Kat Barber, the creator of the petition urging parliament to reconsider the decision of scrapping nurse bursaries said on Twitter, that it was time to listen if two sets of NHS workers are set to walkout on the same day.

The walkout takes place during the student bursary week of action. The week of action involves nurses using various hashtags on social media such as #LoveNHS and #HuntMustGo to express their views on the student nurse bursary decision.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that any nurses planning to walkout out should seriously consider the implications before doing so.

Chancellor George Osborne announced during the Budget statement last November that the government had decided to abolish the NHS bursary for student nurses and allied health professionals.

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I support the student nurses and also the junior doctors. This is the thin end of the wedge with this government who have a hidden agenda.
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I agree with the planned walk out but disagree with it just being an hour. Do what the junior Drs ha e done and be taken seriously!
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I completely support the student nurses actions today. This government Must be made to state their REAL agenda for the future of the NHS. I fear it is not one of continuity & support !
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