Reimburse the student nurses who missed out on funding

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This petition is calling for government to make the decision to reimburse or write off the loans that the student nurses currently training have had to take out during the period where the funding was scrapped.

It has just come to light that the funding for nursing students has been brought back by the Department of Health. This means that all nurses who start their training from September 2020 are able to access up to £8000 to live on that they don’t have to pay back. 

This funding was scrapped back in 2017, meaning that all nurses who are currently training had to take out student loans to live on, as well as a tuition fee loan of £9250. This will all have to be paid back, meaning that all student nurses who started training between September 2017 and September 2020 will be qualifying with over £50,000 worth of debt, compared to the nurses starting after September 2020 who will only have to pay back about half of that figure and will have more money to live on.

Nursing is a strenuous degree, working 37.5 hours a week on placement periods for no pay whilst completing assignments and exams. All student nurses deserve the right to the same amount of funding. Why should the student nurses who have chosen to train during the time period where the funding was scrapped have to end up with double the debt as everyone else?