08 January 2016

#NurChat discussion brought to House of Commons for student nurse bursary cuts debate

On Monday 11th January, representatives from Newcross Healthcare Solutions will be joining a round table discussion at the House of Commons in London prior to the debate by MPs regarding the student nurse bursary cuts.

Newcross was approached by a representative from the House of Commons following an extremely busy #NurChat which saw 112 participants discuss the impact that the student nurse bursary withdrawal would make. NurChat is a fortnightly twitter chat, operated by Newcross, that's open to Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Carers and anyone with an opinion on the chosen topic.

Members of the NurChat leadership team; Donna Mullikin, a qualified nurse and Megan Betts, a final year student nurse, will be attending to represent Newcross.  In addition to the Newcross employees, the NurChat team held a competition for a NurChat participant to attend alongside them.

So far the petition to keep the NHS bursary has gained almost 150,000 signatures prompting the debate at the House of Commons which will be taking place on Monday 11th January at 1500 – 1600. NurChat will be tweeting from the debate with live updates; follow #NurChat on twitter and watch the debate live here: http://parliamentlive.tv/Commons

Donna Mullikin, Newcross RGN said, “I am so excited and privileged to be taking part in the discussions regarding the cut to student nurse bursaries at the House of Commons. The decision to remove the bursaries has raised questions among the NurChat community and so it is crucial that we bring these concerns to the round table for discussion.

 “I look forward to Monday and eagerly await the outcome of the debate.”

Stephen Pattrick, Newcross CEO concluded, “This is a fantastic opportunity for the NurChat team to bring the thoughts, opinions and fears of participants to the House of Commons where a real difference could be made to the decision on student nurse bursary cuts.

“NurChat was designed as a support network for those with a passion about healthcare and it’s great that this has been recognised through the invitation to attend and input into the House of Commons debate.”