Nursing Applications Slump Again

The number of people in England applying to begin training fell from 51,840 in 2016 to 35,260 this year, figures from Ucas show, representing a decline of almost 32 per cent.

There are almost 5,000 fewer applications than last year, when 40,060 were received. Janet Davies, Chief Exec at the RCN said “It is clear now that removing the bursary has been a disaster. It is time ministers looked again at this policy, before patients suffer the consequences.”


In 2017 bursaries were scrapped and replaced by student loans. This prompted an angry response and accusations of an attempt to slash nursing numbers.

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