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13 Messages Nurses And Midwives Have For The Government About Bursary Cuts

"Some cuts never heal".

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Thousands of student nurses and midwives marched to Downing Street on Saturday to protest against the government's decision to replace bursaries for student nurses, midwives and Allied Health Professionals with loans from 2017.

The government said this will create up to 10,000 more training places, as well as bringing "nursing students into line with the arrangements for students undertaking other university degrees".

But many believe the changes will mean that student nurses will effectively pay to work during training, and then graduate with around £50,000 worth of debt.

We asked student nurses and midwives, as well as junior doctors on the protest, what they would like to say to the government about their decision to cancel the bursary.


6. "Match the talk with actions. You need nurses. Make it worth it for us to work for the public."

9. "I am a junior doctor. We are nothing without our nurses and Allied Health Professionals. If you truly want to save the UK properly, stop destroying the NHS and listen to us at the coal face".

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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