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Changes to student nurse financing in the UK: a good or a bad thing?
  1. Alison Twycross
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Alison Twycross, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University, London SE1 0AA, UK; a.twycross{at}lsbu.ac.uk

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As I write this editorial, rumours abound about the future of funding for pre-registration nurse and midwifery education following the Comprehensive Spending Review on 25 November. Each year around £5 billion is spent funding healthcare education by Health Education England (HEE), about £1 billion of this is spent funding pre-registration non-medical education. In a time of austerity and as the Government tries to cut the Country's budget deficit this is potentially an easy target.

Currently pre-registration nursing students in England have their tuition fees paid by the Department of Health. Universities are paid the benchmark price of £8315 (outside London). This is significantly less than the £9000 tuition fees paid by students …

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