In February 2018, the Government announced plans to remove NHS funding for postgraduate pre-registration nursing students in England.
Postgraduate study allows graduates of other subjects to retrain as a nurse and join the NHS in just two years or less. The current NHS funding helps these students with their living costs and means there are no tuition fees.
Removing this funding is a short-sighted decision which threatens the future supply of nurses at a time when there is already a severe shortage.
Previous reforms to undergraduate nursing education in England have so far failed to deliver the increase in nursing students the Government promised. In January 2018, applications to nursing courses had fallen by 33% since the same time in 2016.
We call on the Government to immediately stop plans to cut this post-graduate funding while we await a review of post-18 education, as announced by Prime Minister Theresa May in February 2018.
Investment in nursing education has never been so important. Without it, there simply won't be enough nurses to provide safe and effective care for patients.
Please ask your MP to sign the early day motion (EDM) opposing the cuts.