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‘We are risking our lives’: support grows to cancel student nurses’ debt

Trainees volunteering on Covid-1 9 wards firstly to be saddled with annual PS9, 250 fees

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He’s proud, he’s scared, and, as he prepares to help in the fight against coronavirus, Ricky Baker, a student nurse, is angry. He’s upset that his time group, the first to be asked to risk their lives in this way, is also the first to have paid PS9, 250 -a-year tuition fees.

More than 15, 000second and third-year nursing and midwifery degree students have opted in to fight the pandemic, helping make up for the 40,000 shortfall in wet-nurses in the NHS. All will be graduating with massive indebtedness- in many cases nearly PS60, 000- the result of the government’s decision to scrap the NHS bursaries. To add insult to injury, those graduating this year will have missed out on the brand-new PS5, 500 -a-year awards towards living costs that the government is introducing in September to try to boost falling recruitment.

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