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Nurses: Training

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the levels of bursaries for student nurses. (196087)

The Department provides non-repayable national health service bursaries and pays the tuition fees in full for the majority of nursing students undertaking programmes leading to professional registration. The NHS Bursary rates are reviewed annually and since 1998 the NHS Bursary has been increased each year, in September 2007 the uplift was 2.33 per cent.

The Department has worked in partnership with stakeholders to develop a package of changes to update and modernise the current NHS student Bursary Scheme.