Help the NHS by bringing back bursaries for nurses in training – Yorkshire Post Letters

What more can be done to boost nursing numbers?
What more can be done to boost nursing numbers?
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From: Roger Backhouse, Orchard Road, Upper Poppleton, York.

I WRITE in response to your article ‘NHS sale fears like Nessie, Johnson insists’ (The Yorkshire Post, November 9).

NHS staf shortages have emerged as a key election issue.

NHS staf shortages have emerged as a key election issue.

So Boris Johnson has announced a visa scheme to enable overseas doctors and nurses to work in the UK. Pity he didn’t talk to a few student nurses to find out why there is a shortage of nurses from the UK. Britain is supposedly a rich country, it shouldn’t plunder health staff from other countries.

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In training, nurses had a bursary, not a student loan, reflecting the fact that nursing students worked as part of their training. It also encouraged promising young people to enter nursing.

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Former Chancellor George Osborne stopped bursaries. Student nurses now rely on loans like other students so when on wards they are effectively working for nothing. What shoddy treatment!

Conservative claims to restrict immigration, whilst developing fancy visa schemes, are hypocrisy of the worst order. Instead of dreaming up fancy visa schemes the next Government should reintroduce the bursary scheme to encourage young people into the Health Service. It would be a simple measure providing a home grown solution to NHS staffing problems.