NURSES: TRAINING

11th September 2017

Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to remove the cap on nurse training; and if he will make a statement.

Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Health: On 1 August 2017 the Government changed the funding system for pre-registration nurse training from National Health Service-funded tuition and bursaries to the standard student support system. NHS tuition and bursaries are paid from general taxation and therefore placed an artificial cap on the number of training places available.

This change means we have moved away from centrally imposed number controls and financial limitations and therefore the artificial cap has been removed. We expect that these reforms will enable universities to offer up to an additional 10,000 training places by 2020, for nurses, midwives and allied health profession students.

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