Withdrawal of bursaries for student nurses and midwives

MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the importance of the health sector to London's economy, will you make representations to the government on behalf of Londoners affected by the recent decision to not only withdraw the bursaries for student midwives and nurses, but also to charge them £9,000 each year for training?


Answer for Withdrawal of bursaries for student nurses and midwives

Answer for Withdrawal of bursaries for student nurses and midwives

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I understand from the Department of Health that the new system will move health students' grants and bursaries onto the standard student support system. This will reduce centrally imposed number controls and financial limitations and will enable universities to invest sustainably for the longer term.  As a result, I understand the government expects to see up to 10,000 additional nursing, midwifery and allied health training places nationally over this parliament.

As part of its consultation the government has committed to consider how best it can support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue to access healthcare courses in their specialism.

We currently have a wholly unsatisfactory situation whereby two thirds of those who apply to study nursing are rejected due to the controls on numbers. This change means that from now on, all those who want to study for nursing or the allied health professions will have the opportunity to do so.

I am reassured by the Department of Heath that they have adequate plans for recruiting the student midwives and bursaries London needs.