Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th October 2017.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 12:00 am, 10th October 2017

Let us be clear: we took the difficult decision on nurse bursaries precisely so that we could have the biggest expansion in nurse training places we have ever had. When we had the higher education reforms in 2011, which the right hon. Gentleman’s party opposed, we also saw a drop in initial applications, but then we saw them soaring to record levels. That is what we want to happen with nurses, because we need more nurses for the Royal Devon and Exeter, and all the hospitals that serve our constituents.