Sunday, 24 February 2013

UNISON welcomes rise in student nurse and midwife numbers

24 Feb 2013

UNISON today welcomed the Scottish Government's decision to fund an increase in student nurses and midwives, the first since 2009.

There will be 100 more student nurses and midwives starting degree courses in 2013/14, a rise of four per cent.

STV reported on the decision announced by health secretary Alex Neil.

Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Scotland's Lead Organiser for Nursing, said the union had been making the case for an increase and welcomed the news.

He said: "UNISON welcomes this increase in the student nurse intake for 2013. We have and will continue to campaign and work hard to ensure that nursing and midwifery remains a key component in the future of our NHS.

"Essential to the delivery of that objective is a steady flow and invest in our student nurse recruits. We are pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to the compelling case for more students in 2013."


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