Debt 'worsens' for student nurses

07-01-2008

Debt 'worsens' for student nurses
Student nurses' finances have worsened considerably in recent years, according to one source today.

Unison has stated that as many as two-thirds of student nurses have had to aid their income by taking on part-time work.

The head of nursing for Unison, Gail Adams, has noted that with an expected starting salary of £20,000 it could take nurses a long time "to clear these crushing debts".

She added: "It cannot be right that 38 per cent of students work more than 53 hours a week and yet debt is still rising."

Ms Adams remarked that the bursary received by student nurses only equates to £3.14 an hour for those studying outside of London.

Figures from the union have revealed that the number of nurses in debt in excess of £20,000 has doubled over the past 12 months.

Unison has 1.3 million members and is Britain's largest union.

Related categories: Medical / Healthcare.


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