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Careful when you throw stones!

June 22, 2020 11:45 PM

ortd (Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash)It is not one of the big stories of the moment but it says a lot about the arrogant attitude of the current Government

Jess Collins a student nurse wrote to her local Tory MP asking if the Government would consider backdating the payment of £5000 bursary's that are being reintroduced shortly to the student nurses and midwives currently in training who opted this Spring to assist on the NHS front-line during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of unprecedented measures to ensure the health service was not overwhelmed.

Her MP passed it to the responsible minister who rejected the request and replied "Student nurses in training are supernumerary and are not deemed to be providing a service. They are required to undertake 2,300 hours of clinical practice to learn the skills necessary for entry to the workforce. To add insult to injury these nurses have also been told there 6 month paid contracts would now stop early at the end of July losing around two months expected pay. You can read the full story here https://nursingnotes.co.uk/news/student-nurses-not-deemed-providing-servicemp/

No wonder the Royal College of Nursing's students committee have now requested a meeting with the minister and described her remarks as "factually inaccurate".

The minister concerned is Helen Whately, the care minister who has overseen the carnage in our care homes with residents being sent back from hospitals untested, lack of PPE for staff and a failure until very recently to provide testing to all in the sector. If anyone can be deemed not to have provided a service it is Ms Whately!