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Darren backs Royal College of Nursing

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West has spoken about his continued support for nurses in higher education.

Darren said:

“I’m continuing to support the Royal College of Nursing‘s campaign calling on the government to put a minimum of £1bn back into nursing higher education.

Nursing students are unique. Their courses are longer than other degrees and, on top of their studies, they spend additional time on clinical placement working all hours of the day and night.

Many nursing students are struggling financially because they don’t have time to work to support themselves. It’s causing some students to quit their courses.

It’s no surprise then that since the changes to nursing degree funding in 2016, there are nearly 900 fewer nurses due to start at university.

The Government must fix this. It must look again at how it funds nursing higher education, including by putting a minimum of £1bn a year back into the system to support students.

There are already almost 41,000 nursing vacancies in England alone. Without action now this could rise to at least 48,000 in the next five years, because there won’t be enough newly qualified nurses to address this shortfall.

In a speech at the RCN on 31st October 2018 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care acknowledged the significant gap in the nursing workforce and recognised action is needed. He said, “simply put: we need more (nurses). And that means more permanent nurses”. He also said that (nursing students) “must get the support they need to complete their training so they can serve in our NHS”. Yet the government have done nothing to change the current situation!

I continue to call upon the government to #FundOurFuture nurses”.

You can get involved, and support the campaign, here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/…/ca…/student-funding-fund-our-future  

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