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Wes joins nurses and midwives in march to save NHS bursary

Wes joined Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, Heidi Alexander MP, to protest government plans to plunge nurses and midwives into debt.

Thousands of student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals marched through the streets of London to oppose the biggest shake up in the funding of nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects since 1968. 

Under those plans, the government will charge student nurses and midwives and students of allied health subjects, tuition fees of over £9,000 per year. The government also plans to take away non-repayable grants and bursaries for these NHS trainees and replace them with student loans. As a result of these plans, nurses, midwives and other NHS staff will be left with debts of at least £51,600. You can watch Wes in action here slamming the proposals in Parliament.

Wes addressed the rally alongside Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, Heidi Alexander MP. Heidi also read a statement of support from Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and told students: "The Labour Party is with you."

Wes said:

"Thousands of student nurses and midwives and allied health professionals turned out today to oppose the government's plan to plunge them into debts of over £50,000. I was proud to support them. I will continue to speak out against these proposals at every opportunity."

Wes will be speaking at a Westminster Hall debate on the issue on Monday.

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