Wednesday 26 April 2017

Restore the bursary for student nurses now!

The Labour Party has announced that it intends to restore the bursary paid to student nurses. The Barnet Eye totally agrees with this policy and thinks it is scandalous that it was ever abolished. Lumbering nurses with huge debts, given the role that they play in the health and wellbeing of the nation is immoral. Not only that, it is short sighted. The NHS already relies on immigrant Labour to function and financially penalising young people keen to work in a caring profession will only make this skills shortage worse. Personally, I believe we should return to a full grant for all students, because in the 21st Century the UK can only succeed with a well educated and intelligent workforce. This is investment in the future, not simply throwing money down a black hole (like some public spending such as allowances for Barnet Councillors at £1 Million a year and the Garden Bridge at nearly two hundred million).

Sooner or later we will all need nurses. I personally want the people who care for me as I lay dying to be valued and respect members of society, not debt straddled wage slaves, struggling to get by. It is simply called basic decency.

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