The Bursary or Bust campaign has called another march against the cuts to the NHS bursary.
Bursary or Bust campaign is a student led campaign and needs your support! March for NHS bursaries and for the future of the NHS! NHS bursaries are a lifeline for many - the cuts will affect podiatrists, physiotherapists, dental nurses, speech and language therapists, radiographers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, midwives and nurses.
We, NHS students, work up to 50% in clinical placements (full time) which is why the bursary is fundamental to us because working part time is very difficult. We are not asking for special treatment, we simply want to keep our financial support in order to be healthcare professionals. If the NHS bursary is cut, it will mean only those who can afford to pay will become healthcare professionals. We strongly believe that a diverse range of people in healthcare professions is important.
We believe that less people will want to train, or retrain, to be healthcare professionals. For nursing, the evidence shows that less equals higher mortality rates. There is currently a deficit of 24,000 nurses which is set to continue to grow. An apprenticeship route has also been proposed for nursing which would mean that those training would recieve approximately £3 an hour. We feel that this is incredibly unfair.
In Osborne's Autumn spending review, it was revealed that NHS bursaries would be cut and replaced with a loan system. Furthermore, with a freeze on loan repayment thresholds and a rigid Agenda for Change pay scale, NHS students who qualify into their professions will be dealt with further cuts in their pay. The NHS bursary campaigners support free education for all.
The imposition of a loan system is an attempt at breaking the tie between students and the NHS to pave the way for the complete dismantling of the health service in order to privatise and profit. NHS bursary cuts are simply the tip of the iceberg.
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Supported by: The Peoples Assembly, King's College London Student Union, Unite, NUS, Unison and the RCN.
Now is the time for solidarity with refugees: Register below for the Convoy to Calais - Saturday 18 June 2016
- Hundreds more refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean, the British government are refusing to even take parentless children from Calais, and Syrian refugees are being forced back into the jaws of the war they have fled.
- The Convoy to Calais on 18 June will be a huge demonstration of solidarity with refugees from the people of this country. The major unions are in. The biggest social movements are in. The Muslim community is in. Are you?
- This is practical aid but it is also a huge moving protest at the way governments across the continent are failing refugees. This is the time to come together and say: stop the scapegoating, solidarity with the refugees.
Organised by People's Assembly Against Austerity, Stop the War Coalition, Stand up to Racism, Unite the Union, Communications Workers Union, TSSA, War on Want, Momentum & Muslim Association of Britain, ASLEF, FBU, Humanitas, FBU and UNISON.
Here's what you can do:
- Come on the Convoy. We need every last lorry, van, bus, car, motorbike or scooter that can come to be with us. Let us know you're coming by registering, and do make a donation to help with the costs. Even if you have to peel off at Dover and cant make it all the way. (Initial itinary below)
- Collect: we need material, and money. Collect in your workplace, union, community, place of worship or just among your friends. Every bit counts. Download the full aproved donation list HERE.
- Drop Off Points: You can find a drop off point near you HERE.
- Even if you haven't collected anything do come on the Convoy. We need hands to unload and a massive show of solidarity.
For those that want to support the convoy but can't come, we'll be holding a series of actions for, Stand with Refugees Day in collaboration with many other campaigns and charities.
This includes the 9:30 Convoy Send Off Rally and after the convoy has departed, there'll be a 1 hr silence at Parliament Sq. at 12:00pm.
More details can be found HERE.
REGISTER FOR THE CONVOY BELOW
ITINERARY FOR CONVOY (subject to change)
Friday 17th June
- 9:00 to 18:00: Drop off aid donations in London Address TBA
- 18:00: Convoy to Calais London Rally Emmanuel Centre
Saturday 18th June
- 08:30: Vehicles Assemble on Whitehall
- 09:30 -14:00: Send Off Rally and Stand With Refugees 1hr Silence Parliament Sq. (for those staying in London)
- 10:00: Convoy departs
- 13:00: Convoy arrives at Dover
- 13:55: Ferry departs / Rally at Dover for those who can't make it to Calais
- 16:00: Convoy arrives in Calais
- 18:30: Solidarity Event at Calais
- 21:00: Convoy Departs
- 22:30: Ferry departs Calais
REGISTER FOR THE CONVOY BELOW
Vehicles will assemble from 8:30am along Whitehall. Make sure you register in advance & get there on time.
PLEASE NOTE: The ticket to Calais INCLUDES a return ticket on the ferry - limited spaces available so please book up asap.
Whatever else you do spread the word:
See you on the road!
For more information email - firstname.lastname@example.org