Responding to the announcement that university applications for nursing and midwifery courses have fallen dramatically, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The government said replacing bursaries with loans would bring in an additional 10,000 nurses. Instead the exact opposite has happened.
“With applications down nearly a quarter, ministers must accept they got this wrong and rethink this disastrous policy.
“There’s likely to be a similar drop in applications for other NHS students, which begs the question as to who will be caring for us all in the future.”
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