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New funding plans ‘would have put most nurses off studying for role’

7th June 2016

The majority of current nursing staff would have thought twice about entering the profession if the government's new funding plans had been in effect, a new survey has revealed.

A poll of more than 17,000 nurses by the Royal College of Nursing has shown that two-thirds of respondents would not have studied nursing if they had to take out a full student loan and pay fees.

As such, the organisation has warned that the government's current plan to scrap bursaries and make nursing students in England pay tuition fees will be hugely damaging and may contribute to further NHS staff shortages.

Indeed, 89 percent of survey respondents either disagreed or strongly disagreed with the government plans, while a further 79 percent believe the changes will have a negative impact on patient care.

The intended upside of the proposals would be an increase in the number of student training places, but the government has not allocated any extra funding for this, and 81 percent of nursing staff do not think they have the capacity to mentor more students.

Janet Davies, the RCN's chief executive, said: "The government must listen to these concerns and work with the RCN and others to identify a fair, effective and sustainable funding system for nursing education."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801819867-ADNFCR

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