The government are proposing to scrap the NHS student bursary and from 2017, are asking future nurses, midwives and other allied health professionals to pay up to £50,000 to train to care. Our future nurses and midwives will never pay this debt off and we are the least paid members of society. Often, we’re already in debt from our first degrees, why perpetuate this false economy? Whose high interest rates fall, again, into the hands of for-profit enterprise.
This started as a student protest but we stand in solidarity with the wider movement defending our NHS. We work in hospital as part of our training: we bath, feed, administer medication, tend wounds, manage extreme emotions, visit people in their homes, wear our heart on our sleeves, with a smile on our face every day that we go to work. We care: bringing hope to the most most troubled and in support of those most in need.
We need to learn in hospital, under supervision of good, efficient nurses and midwives but we also need to learn from research, from best practice. The government funds research, it needs to start using it. As student nurses, midwives and other allied health professionals, our bursary means we are paid roughly £3 for each hour we work in hospital. This does not cover our living costs but it does offer some support in an increasingly money driven society.
The government needs to consult practitioners not those with commercial interests.
We stand with the general public: our representatives in parliament, clinicians, health and social care workers, the Royal College of Nursing, Unison, Unite, the Royal College of Midwives, the Peoples Assembly, University and College Union, the National Health Action Party, the Student Assembly Against Austerity, The National Health Singers.
We are calling for solidarity from allied health care workers and members of the public to support. Want to find out more? Want to help out? Get in touch. See you on the streets.
Speakers include nurses, midwives and supporting MPs.
*ASK YOUR UNION OR UNIVERSITY FOR HELP TOWARDS TRAVEL COSTS*
Meet at St Thomas Hospital, Westminster Bridge 12pm. We will march down York Road to Waterloo Bridge and then across to the Strand. From here we will make our way down Whitehall to Downing Street. Please see the pinned post below for the map!