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PARLIAMENTARY BRIEFING: Finance for Student Nursing Adjournment Debate

14 December 2015

The Chancellor announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review 2015 a transformation of the funding system for health care students, by replacing grants with student loans and abolishing the cap on the number of student places for nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects.

The RCN has significant concerns regarding Government claims that this reform will enable universities to provide up to 10,000 additional nursing and other health professional training places this Parliament. The RCN also questions the Government’s claim that the move to loans will give health students access to 25% more financial support.