Reinstate the FULL nursing bursary in the UK

Reinstate the FULL nursing bursary in the UK

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Dax B-T started this petition to The Department for Health and Social Care and

Now more than ever we have realised as a nation that our medical profession needs investment. Throwing money at NHS Trusts does not guarantee good numbers of quality clinicians.

Aside from calls for a 15% blanket pay rise for NHS staff some real investment is needed to train and support more nurses and clinicians in the UK. Pay rises are just sticking plasters.

We believe that reinstating the full nursing bursary and extending it to the courses for clinical professions that also have large shortfalls in staffing will benefit the UK NHS in the long term. This should be a nationally funded and driven - but local trust administered initiative.

This is a matter that supercedes local politics and petty nationalism.

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Additionally we would like to see: 

•Free/heavily subsidised local accomodation for single student nurses etc. all year round and for one year after qualifying.

•Free NMC/Trade Union membership for candidates during training to safeguard their rights and support their studies and training. (This would be financed by those bodies themselves).

•Reimbursement of public transport travel expenditure for travel to placements or recognised volunteering that supports their studies, training and gaining experience e.g. volunteering with Macmillan nurses, hospices, St John Ambulance, Red Cross (within the UK and these charities must fund this initiative if they benefit from it).

•10-year "golden handcuffs" attached to these bursaries: candidates MUST stay working in the UK and should be discouraged from taking/not take their British taxpayer-funded skills abroad for 10 years once qualified. This includes volunteering abroad with charities such as MSF, St John, SMOM, Red Cross: British taxpayers should benefit from their investment and candidates should repay Government grants/bursary if they emigrate etc. within that 10 years.

•Full student loans debt wiped for Bursary candidates after 5 years service as a reservist and/or Full Time enlistment in the UK Armed Forces: not exclusively as a medic. This service can be before, during or after training for which they received the Bursary and is not mandatory but recognises continued service on top of working for the NHS etc.

•Full student loans debt wiped for Bursary candidates who volunteered for 10 years for any of the following initiatives: Air Ambulance, Macmillan Nurses, St John Ambulance, British Red Cross, Special Constabulary, Community First Responders, Search & Rescue (inc. Mines, Mountain, Lowland, RNLI), Retained Fire and similar. This is not mandatory but recognises continued service to the country on top of working for the NHS etc.

•A bonus for working in "rural communities" where healthcare is often hard to access. This includes working as a community nurse and in GPs practices that are considered rural.

•These initiatives should not be means tested. Having middle class parents should not exclude candidates from these initiatives.

 

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