Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has welcomed the reinstatement of the book and uniform allowances for nursing and midwifery students. Ms McLaughlin said the reinstatement of the bursary will help students entering the profession.
“Sinn Féin were critical when this was withdrawn and it is welcome news that the Minister will continue to fund student trainees this year.
“There is a shortage of experienced nurses and midwives across the medical profession and that is why it is crucial that students enrolling are given as much support as possible.The financial saving of roughly £700,000 per year would have been minuscule in comparison to wages paid to senior management. The Minister should now direct his attention to the reform of the senior management rather than attempting to take money of the most vulnerable people in the health service,” she said.