In November 2015, the government announced plans to scrap the NHS bursary for nursing, midwifery, and allied health students from 2017.
The bursary is due to be replaced with tuition and maintenance loans, forcing NHS students into over £51,600 debt. Nursing students spend 50% of their time in clinical placements - 2,300 hours - and any NHS student who goes on placement would essentially be charged for working full-on and often unsocial shifts.
We think this isn't fair
Do you agree? Then take action today:
Write A POSTCARD to your MP
We've prepared some postcards to go out to your MP, asking them to meet our student representatives in Parliament, and to ask the Health Minister to keep the NHS bursary. We'll send these out for you. All we need is your name, postcode and a contact - just head here to send us the details!
Or you can write a letter yourself!
The MP for Welwyn-Hatfield is the Conservative MP Grant Shapps. You can also write to your home MP - if you don't know who this is, you can find out here.
You should tell them about yourself, about your concerns, and what you want them to do. You can ask them to write to Jo Johnson, Universities Minister, to ask that he reconsiders abolishing the bursary, or to question the government in Parliament about its plans.
If you want more details about this issue, or what you can ask your MP to do, take a look at the NUS briefing here, or you can use our template email here.
Join us at Parliament to lobby Hertfordshire's MPs
On Wednesday 25 May, we're going to Parliament to speak to Hertfordshire's MPs about NHS bursaries. If you're a student nurse, midwife or allied health professional and are available to join us for the day, please sign up here.
Travel and expenses will be covered. This is a full-day event, 9am-5pm.
Join the march against cuts to the NHS
On Saturday 4 June, we're joining the NHS Bursary Cuts Forum on their march for the future of the NHS. You can find more information about the march itself here.
We're putting on transport down to London for the march, so if you'd like to come and show your support, sign up here.
Send us your post-placement selfie
NHS students undertake a huge amount of time in clinical practice and out on placement, working hard to train and support the NHS. If you are forced to take on debts to pay for tuition, you'll be paying to work. This isn't right.
If you're out on placement, send us your selfie. You don't have to be a nursing, midwifery or allied health student - if you're a medical student in solidarity, let us know!
Here at Hertfordshire Students' Union, Grainne and Annabel are working hard to lobby against the scrapping of NHS bursaries. Here's our plan of action:
- We want to talk to as many NHS students as we can, hear how bursaries have supported you at university, and ask for your help in campaigning to support them
- We're speaking to MPs and government about how important these bursaries are, and how proud we are of the University of Hertfordshire's strong history of teaching nursing
- We're responding to the government's consultation, arguing that these proposals are unfair, unaffordable, and will not solve the NHS staffing crisis
- We're asking the Vice Chancellor and academic staff to support nursing, midwifery and allied health students, and speak out against these cuts
Have anything else you want us to do? Contact us or drop into the College Lane office to talk to us about it:
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