The “reforming health care education funding” consultation focuses on the proposed changes to student midwives’ bursaries that was announced in November 2015.
If the changes are passed, student midwives will need to apply for student loans instead of bursaries.
Student midwives who begin their midwifery course in autumn 2017 will graduate with £65,000 debt, according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
In response to the Government’s consultation, RCM has announced a national lobby of parliament to be held on Wednesday 25 May 2016.
“The consequences of scrapping bursaries for student midwives and nurses is detrimental to an already understaffed midwifery profession. Women with children and those who already have a first degree will be particularly hit hard if these proposals go ahead…,” Director of Midwifery for RCM, Louise Silverton said.
In the Spending Review, held in November, Chancellor George Osborne announced that student bursaries for midwives and nurses would be scrapped and replaced with student loans.
A student midwife from London said: “If the funding for our training is cut, women like me with previous degrees will be excluded from midwifery. Our maternity services are stronger when we have midwives from a whole range of backgrounds.”
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