The government has confirmed that it is not planning to reinstate bursaries for nursing students, despite a slow recovery in the number of applications to nursing courses.
In a written question on 27 February, Faisal Rashid, Labour MP for Warrington South, asked whether the government would make it its policy to reinstate nursing bursaries.
After bursaries for nursing students in England were dropped in 2017, applications to undergraduate nursing degree courses suffered a sharp decline. According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, 43,800 students in England applied to study nursing in 2016. This fell to 33,810 in 2017 and 29,390 in 2018, recovering slightly in 2019 to 30,650.