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Drop in midwifery students

18 August, 2017

Drop in midwifery students

New UCAS data has revealed that the number of students on midwifery and nursing degree courses is down 8%.

The figures are published in a report by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).
The RCM has warned of such a repercussion since the government announced proposals to abolish the bursary in late 2015.

Jon Skewes, RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications, said: ‘These figures are a clear sign that the government’s plans to boost training numbers are not based on reality.
‘The confusion over clinical placement funding and midwifery students’ concerns over taking on tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt has meant we are seriously risking the future workforce supply of the NHS. 

‘The RCM warned the government time and time again that their plans would deter potentially great midwives that our NHS so badly needs right now.
He added: ‘This decision looks even more disastrous now at time when our maternity services are close to breaking point due to understaffing. 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 is a complete disaster for our maternity services.'

The DH has stated that there was an overall decline for UK subjects, and that the overall number of confirmed nursing and midwifery places is higher than it was in 2015 and 2013.

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