Scotland: student nursing bursary increases to £10,000

07 December 2018

The first minister has announced plans to increase bursaries for nursing and midwifery students from £6578 to £10,000 a year by 2020-21.

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At the SNP annual conference, Nicola Sturgeon said recruitment was ‘a big challenge’ that would ‘get even bigger as Brexit bites’.

She added: ‘We need to attract more people into nursing. That is why I am announcing today a three-stage plan to increase the support we provide. From next year, the payment for all student nurses – care experienced or not – will rise to £8100 a year. And then from the year after, every student nurse will get a bursary of £10,000 a year.’

She added: ‘We know the value of our nurses. We know the value of the NHS. To anyone from across the UK attracted to a career in nursing, our message is simple. Come to Scotland.’

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