Petition Reduce student debt for student nurses and midwives
This petition asks that the student loan debt of existing students during the 2017, 2018 and 2019 academic years is reduced by £5,000 (the bursary from 2020) per each of those academic years in which they studied and did not receive any bursary.
Prior to 2017, English student nurses and midwives received a bursary award towards living costs and university fees during their degrees. The new bursary is acknowledgment it was not appropriate to remove.
In the academic years 2017, 2018 and 2019, there has been no NHS bursary award. Most student midwives and nurses in those intakes will therefore leave university with at least £60,000 debt, despite having committed to a career in a valuable, public service at a time when the NHS is in desperate need of more of them.
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MPs to debate petitions calling for the recognition and reward of health and social care workers
The Petitions Committee, which is the group of MPs who oversee the petitions system, has agreed to schedule a debate in the House of Commons Chamber on Thursday 25 June on petitions calling for the recognition and reward of health and social care workers.
The debate is being held in response to the huge number of petitions we have received that call for the Government to recognise and reward health and social care workers.
The start time of the debate will depend on other parliamentary business, but you can follow the Petitions Committee on Twitter @HoCpetitions, where we will post updates on when we expect the debate to start.
You will be able to watch the debate live here: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/a7b6db44-6101-42c7-b2a0-32abd08b80ef
A transcript will be published the following day here: https://hansard.parliament.uk