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Bursaries have been scrapped

2 August, 2017

Bursaries have been scrapped

The government has now officially axed bursaries and introduced full tuition fees for midwifery and healthcare courses.

The plans, which came into force yesterday (1 August), have been staunchly opposed by the RCM since the government announced the proposals in 2015.
 
Jon Skewes, RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications, said: ‘We believe this decision is a fundamental mistake by the government and have warned about the wide reaching implications of removing the student midwifery bursary given the existing crisis in our maternity services.
 
‘In England alone we remain 3500 midwives short. This, coupled with younger midwives leaving, an ageing workforce and the loss of EU midwives post-Brexit, means the RCM has grave concerns for staffing our maternity services. 
 
‘The government has completely ignored RCM advice to make any loans forgivable if students then go to work in the NHS. The axing of the bursary and introduction of tuition in England will without doubt worsen the current shortage of midwives.’
 
New students starting from this academic year will now need to take out a loan to cover tuition fees and day-to-day costs.

If the full amount is taken, the government estimates this to be just under £50,000 for a three-year course.

The government has said that there have previously been more applications than funded places available. 

It claims the removal of bursaries will mean an additional 10,000 training places for healthcare students could be made available by 2020.

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