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O’Neill welcomes childcare allowance for student nurses

28 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster, Michelle O'Neill, who is the deputy chair of the Assembly Health Committee, has welcomed the Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey's announcement that childcare allowances will be available for the North's student nurses and midwives.

Ms O'Neill said:

"Before now, nurses and midwives studying in the North of Ireland were not entitled to any financial assistant whatsoever with childcare costs.

"I am delighted at the announcement that Michael McGimpsey is introducing childcare allowance for our student nurses."

She added:

"We need to give real support to our student nurses and midwives. Access to this childcare allowance will reduce the financial burden on student nurses and midwives with young families. We need to see the introduction of an even wider range of family-friendly policies for not just health care students but for all our healthcare staff once they qualify." ENDS

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