Occupational Therapy students recently delivered a letter to the College of Occupational Therapists signed by 163 concerned occupational therapists and students from 3 locations asking that the COT defend the NHS Bursary. The government has proposed to cut the NHS Bursary in 2017 which will mean future healthcare students including occupational therapists will have to pay roughly £50,000 to train.
The signatories of the letter are concerned about the impact of axing the NHS Bursary on numbers willing to train and the diversity of the profession.
Occupational Therapy student Jenny Leow said:
“Everyone we asked to sign the letter did so. I think this shows the depth of feeling in the profession about cutting the NHS Bursary.”
After meeting with the COT, the students look forward to a response and encourage all those concerned to support the Bursary or Bust campaign and engage fully with the forthcoming government consultation.