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Bursary petition exceeds 100,000 signatures

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A petition calling the government to reconsider the decision to scrap student nurse bursaries has reached over 100,000 signatures in two days.

The petition, set up by student nurse Kat Webb, came as Chancellor George Osborne announced that bursaries for student nurses would be replaced by student loans during the Spending Review on 24 November.

Ms Webb highlighted that most students will work to fund their studies alongside working full time hours during placement and attending lectures and completing assignments. 'Taking away the NHS bursary will force more student nurses into working 70 hour weeks, as many already do, it will compromise our studies and most of all our patient care.

The change will affect students starting in 2017.

Mr Osborne stated that providing student loans for nurses rather than bursaries would remove the cap of student nurse numbers and allow for 10,000 more training places for student nurses.

Parliament considers all petitions with more than 100,000 signatures for a debate. The petition had 111,902 signatures as of the morning of the 27 November.

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I am a nurse of 35 years and am appalled at what is happening to our future nurses. Taking away the student nurse bursary is short sighted and unfair, nurses with their additional time spent on work placement have less opportunities to earn money like other students, their earning power once qualified is less than other graduates.The government should either suck it up and fully fund student nurses or talk to the major medical equipment/ drug companies to provide money for student nurse scholarships perhaps encouraging them by offering some tax breaks/ incentives
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I think the government has a very short sighted policy that in the long term will result in less nurses not more. Very foolish.
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Nurses should be paid a wage, even as a student, and certainly not taking on student loans otherwise, they will have to increase nurse wages significantly. When looking at nurse averages, just because there are a small number of nurse consultants, it belies the fact that there are many nurses on part time wages, making very little. Agency nurses are often paid minimum, despite the nurses having yrs of experience.
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I am strongly against the introduction of student loans for student nurses. As an ex nurse of 30 yrs, I believe the government are wrong. Wages are always talked of in " percentage increases. Yet again, doctors getting more money against nurses, who are poorly paid, work anti social hours,have so much respondsibility. This will discourage nurse entry.
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i have been a nurse for 23 yrs and i am still to find what benefits we have apart from perosnally job satisfaction, pay rise for drs , uproar with their hours, ? where do we as nurses get a mention, we certainly dont do our job for the money! Then we get told bursaries to be replaced.. DISGUSTING, the government really need to get priorities right to keep good nurses,
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i hope the Government will reconsider this latest idea
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