Student nurses, or indeed any students, are simply not in a position to cope with a sharp reduction in expected loan payments.” Jessica Sainsbury, a student in Southampton affected by the error, said: “The past couple of weeks turned the world upside down.
The last thing you want is to abandon your date in a restaurant if your pager goes off.
The Royal College of Nursing and others have attacked the Government’s decision to replace undergraduate bursaries for nurses with student loans for fees of up to £9,000 a year.
The RCN has already warned that ministers seem “hell bent” on reducing access to the profession after it emerged that postgraduate nurses will also be forced to pay tuition fees for the first time.
In a fresh Parliamentary ambush due when MPs return from their Easter break, the Opposition are to table a vote on regulations enacting the scrapping of postgraduate support, Huff Post UK has learned.
Deploying an arcane procedure known as ‘praying against’ regulations, Labour hopes to persuade Tory and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) rebels to back its move.