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 that many people, who would otherwise have been unable to afford to study nursing - can do so.
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.
On Wednesday 9 May, MPs will debate this issue. Please email your MP asking them to attend the debate, and to vote to save the NHS bursary for postgraduate pre-registration nursing students in England.