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Medicine: Students

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage change in the bursaries that (a) nursing, (b) midwifery, (c) medical, (d) dental and (e) allied health professional students received there was in each year since 1997. (131934)

Table one shows the national health service bursary rates for the basic awards, not including additional allowances, for the period 1997 to 2008 and the annual percentage increases. The majority of nurses and midwives receive the non-means tested bursary. Medical and dental students and the majority of allied health professional students receive the means-tested NHS bursary. The NHS bursary scheme has supported allied health professional students since 1998 and medical and dental undergraduate students since September 2002 from their fifth and subsequent years of study. During the first four years’ of study, medical and dental students receive support under the Department for Education and Skills regulations.

In addition to the basic NHS bursary awards there are a number of other allowances.

Basic NHS bursary rates for academic years 1997-98 to 2007-08

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

Degree

London

n/a

2,225

2,280

2,335

2,578

2,640

Elsewhere

n/a

1,810

1,855

1,900

2,098

2,148

Parental Home

n/a

1,480

1,515

1,555

l,717

1,758

Diploma

London

5,230

5,374

5,508

5,645

6,232

6,382

Elsewhere

4,450

4,572

4,686

4,805

5,305

5,432

% Increase on previous year

2.75

2.5

2.4

10.4

2.4

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Degree

London

2,703

2,768

2,837

2,908

2,976

Elsewhere

2,200

2,253

2,309

2,367

2,422

Parental Home

1,800

l,843

1,889

1,963

2,009

Diploma

London

6,535

6,692

6,859

7,030

7,194

Elsewhere

5,562

5,695

5,837

5,983

6,122

% Increase on previous year

2.4

2.4

2.5

2.5

2.33

Basic NHS bursary rates for academic 2007-08 for new students

2007-08

Degree

London

3,215

Elsewhere

2,672

Parental Home

2,231

Diploma

London

7,443

Elsewhere

6,372

Table two shows national health service bursary rates for the basic awards, not including additional allowances, for new students who commence their course on or after 1 September 2007.

Changes from September 2007 have been made to modernise the current scheme. This has allowed for the redistribution of funds to provide; an increase in the basic allowance and a new parents’ learning allowance.