NHS bursary

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Krupesh Hirani Krupesh Hirani Labour

As the cost of living spirals and the NHS struggles with significant gaps in its workforce, do you agree that the nursing bursary should be increased to help struggling students in London with the rise in rents, food prices and energy bills?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am deeply concerned about the impact that growing cost of living pressures are having on Londoners, including student nurses in the capital – not least because I know how difficult things already are for so many, and have been for some time. Nurses, and other frontline healthcare workers, are the backbone of our NHS and a vital part of our healthcare system which has been pushed to its limit over the last year. I agree that the nursing training grant should be increased to help those struggling with the rising cost of living, recognising this is higher in London.