RCM responds to financial support for student midwives in Budget

By RCM responds to financial support for students in Budget on 11 March 2020 Midwives RCM Student midwives Student attrition SMF - Student Midwives Forum Bursaries and Scholarships Government

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has responded to the financial arrangements for student midwives in today’s Budget.

Commenting, Jon Skewes, RCMs Executive Director for External Relations said:

“While we welcome the commitment in today’s Budget of additional non-repayable maintenance grants for new and existing midwifery students, there is the larger issue of fees that needs to be addressed urgently.

“Many women come into midwifery as a second career with existing caring responsibilities so the additional promise from the Government of a further £3,000 grant for those students with childcare responsibilities is really good news for our student midwives. Given the current shortage of midwives in England this is a positive first step towards making a career in midwifery more attractive and attainable for many.”




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