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Students applying for nursing or midwifery courses in 2017 will already be aware that they are no longer eligible for government bursaries, which have been scrapped by the Tories in a bid to save £800m of public spending. While this change will result in financial uncertainty for many students, the removal of bursaries could spell even greater uncertainty for the National Health Service in the next few years. Under the bursary system, Health Education England funded a fixed number of places based upon local ‘workforce plans’, designed to fulfil the needs of the NHS locally. The government argues that by […]
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Cuts to Public Health Budgets Could Cost Our Country Billions Hospitals in the UK are facing severe financial difficulty due to a large increase in hospital admissions. In response, Jeremy Hunt has pursued the option of a 7-day NHS in order to deal with increased demand. But besides being highly disruptive, moves towards a 7-day NHS merely seek to manage the problem the NHS is facing instead of tackling it head-on. To properly address the problem of increased demand means tackling ill health at its source, by investing properly in the future health of the UK population. Diseases caused by […]
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