Universities welcome First Minister’s health spending plans but await conclusion of student support review

11 February 2016

Following the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP’s announcement of the Scottish Government’s £27 million health spending plans, the Council of Deans of Health, which represents universities providing nursing, midwifery and allied health education and research has welcomed the news, but says tough conversations still lie ahead.

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Convener of the Council of Deans of Health Scotland said:

“Extra investment in student numbers and support is always welcome but challenges remain in this tough economic climate in order to create a financially sustainable model that will deliver the numbers of health and social care staff required for the long-term.”

“Given the different political and health education funding landscape in Scotland under devolution, the changes happening for England are unlikely to simply be copied and pasted here. However, we will still face difficult conversations in the near future about the long-term sustainability of funding for the university education of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.”

“It is vital therefore that we continue to work in partnership with government to obtain a model that works for Scotland, particularly in the context of Scottish Government’s ongoing review of financial support for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students.”


Notes to editors:

1. The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information: www.councilofdeans.org.uk.
2. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames, Membership and Communications Officer, 07496 693806.

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