Sinn Féin MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee Sue Ramsey has welcomed the reinstatement of the Book and Uniform Allowance for Nursing and Midwifery Students.
Sue Ramsey said:
“Sinn Féin were critical when this was withdrawn and it is welcome news that the minister will continue to fund students trainees this year.
“Cuts to bursaries for student nurses would have a detrimental affect on the numbers of students entering the profession.
“There is a shortage of experienced nurses and midwifes across the medical profession and that is why it is crucial that students enrolling are given as much support as possible.
“The financial saving of roughly £700,000 per year would have been minuscule in comparison to wages paid to senior management.
“The minister should now direct his attention to the reform of the senior management rather than attempting to take money of the most vulnerable people in the health service.
“It is crucial for the
long-term excellent service provided in our hospitals and clinics across the
North that students are attracted to the nursing profession.”