Prestigious Nursing Magazines Join Bursary Fight

Three of the leading nursing magazines in Britain have joined forces to condemn the plans of the government to scrap bursaries for nursing students. Nursing in Practice, Nursing Times and Nursing Standard have collaborated in penning an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. The three publications believe that the incumbent prime minister must reconsider the decision to force nursing students to take out loans in order to cover the cost of their study. David Cameron's government had previously... Readmore

Health Foundation Calls for Nursing Contingency Plan

The Health Foundation has asserted that it is essential for any plan to abolish bursaries to be accompanied by a contingency plan to deal with a predicted fall in the number of applications for training places. Despite massive opposition, the Department of Health has already indicated that it will proceed with proposals to replace bursaries with student loans. This is despite opposition from bodies including the Royal College of Nurses, Unite, the Patients Association and NHS Clinical Commissioners... Readmore

Government Confirms Plans to Scrap Nursing Bursaries

The government has confirmed that it will continue with plans to end bursaries for student nurses and midwives. This decision has sparked a great deal of anger among the nursing fraternity, with many already suggesting that removing bursaries would prevent people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds entering the nursing profession. But the Department of Health defended the decision, suggesting that replacing bursaries with loans would create an additional £800 million of funding annually,... Readmore

Institute for Employment Studies Predicts Nursing Crisis will Get Worse

Experts believe that shortages in nursing will continue for many years to come, and the situation could even worsen as the consequences of the decision to scrap bursaries begins to become evident. These latest warnings follow the report on the nursing workforce compiled by the Institute for Employment Studies for the Migration Advisory Committee. Its authors believe that a combination of factors will create a perfect storm in nursing, meaning that the health service will face massive nursing problems... Readmore

Stokes-Lampard Elected Chair of RCGP Council

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard has been elected chair of RCGP council and will succeed Professor Maureen Baker in the role from November 2016. The Lichfield GP is currently the College’s honorary treasurer and head of academic primary care teaching at the University of Birmingham. Dr Stokes-Lampard said she will continue the “vital work” of campaigning for more resources for the profession. She was elected over fellow candidates Dr Tim Ballard, Dr Sunil Gupta and Professor Martin Marshall. Dr... Readmore

Royal College of Nursing Warns Cuts Pose Health Risk

The Royal College of Nursing is warning that funding cuts and public health challenges are causing a massive risk to the nation's health. A survey of nurses and healthcare assistants across the UK found that many are treating patients whose health is being affected due to lifestyle factors. Their research found that 35% of nurses have assessed patients in Wales whose health is affected by malnutrition or food poverty, while 20% have attended to patients affected by a lack of heating. Many doctors... Readmore

One in Eight UK Nurse Places Vacant Research Suggests

Official data has indicated that one in eight practice nurse places in the UK are currently vacant. A survey in Pulse magazine found that, of 718 GPs who provided full responses, there were 1,881 FTE positions, of which 234.5 positions were unfilled; a vacancy rate of precisely 12.5%. General practitioners who responded to the survey indicated that the overall figures were very reflective of the experience on the frontline, and that an initiative with the intention of boosting practice numbers... Readmore

Nurses and Midwives Demonstrate Over Bursary Plans

Hundreds of nurses and midwives joined a major demonstration in London calling on the government to scrap its plans to remove bursaries for student nurses. The Treasury has claimed that abolishing the grants is essential in enabling more nurses to be trained, and also balancing the NHS books. Bursaries are officially referred to as maintenance grants, and a Royal College of Nursing survey claims that two-thirds of nurses wouldn't have studied nursing without them. With pressure on nursing in the NHS,... Readmore

Think Tank Recommends Loans as a Replacement for Medical Bursaries

Ahead of the voteson the contracts negotiated by the British Medical Association for junior doctors, evidence is increasing to suggest that the deal will ultimately be rejected by medical professionals. And the latest suggestion comes from an online poll of respondents on a Facebook group for junior doctors, which indicates that the majority intend to vote in the negative when the ballot box opens later this month. Not only did the Facebook poll attract a majority for a 'no' vote, but there is something... Readmore

Unions Warning Over Nursing Bursary Cuts

Some of the most important health sector unions are warning that plans to scrap student bursaries in the nursing sector could cause massive problems in the foreseeable future. The government had unveiled plans to charge nurses and other health staff for their degrees in England some months ago. Ministers plan to overhaul the funding system in September 2017 and charge those studying to be frontline health workers for their degrees. But the Royal College of Nursing and Unison believe that the new financial... Readmore

Controversial Nurses’ Pension Rights Scheme Scrapped

An NHS scheme which was intended to encourage nurses to abandon their pension rights in favour of a higher salary has been abandoned after regulators intervened. Oxleas NHS Trust indicated that it had “decided to close the alternative pay scheme”, after it was used to hire almost 100 nurses. The south-east London-based trust had been referred to the regulator for pensions back in February, following major concerns that the deal breached official government policy. Under the plan to hire “Band... Readmore

NHS Bosses Criticised Over Reliance on Foreign Nurses

Health ministers and NHS bosses have been criticised for using overseas nurses as an easy method of easing hospitals’ recruitment crisis. The government’s migration advisory committee (MAC) stated that it has reluctantly recommended for up to 15,000 overseas nurses from outside of the European economic area (EEA) to be handed visas over a three-year period. But Prof David Metcalf, the MAC chairman, believe that there is “no good reason why the supply of nurses cannot be sourced domestically.... Readmore
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