When this vital funding was cancelled in England in 2017, Welsh Labour committed to saving it in Wales.
Vaughan Gething, Welsh Labour’s Minister for Health and Social Services agreed to extend the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme. Since then, the scheme has led to a 10% increase in the number of nurses, midwives and health visitors in Wales.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said:
“In Wales, we are committed to investing in the training of our nurses, midwives and other highly skilled professionals working in our NHS. By extending this support package, I want to demonstrate how much we value our healthcare workforce and are committed to supporting them through their studies.
We’re also taking positive action to attract more health professionals from other parts of the UK and beyond through our ‘This is Wales – Train, Work, Live’ marketing campaign which sets out what Wales has to offer. I will now be looking at what longer-term arrangements can be put in place as we continue to develop our workforce.”