Tonia Antoniazzi, Welsh Labour's general election candidate for Gower, has welcomed the launching of a major new campaign promoting Wales as a fantastic country for nurses to train, work and live.
The campaign starts with the announcement that NHS Bursaries for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will continue to be available in Wales in 2018/19. In England, bursaries have been scrapped by the Tory government.
The bursary will be based upon individuals committing in advance to taking up the opportunity to work in Wales, post qualification, for a period of two years.
The recruitment campaign forms part of the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to take action to attract and train more nurses, GPs and other health professionals across Wales. It follows the successful recent GP recruitment campaign, which saw a 16% increase in GP training places filled.
Tonia Antoniazzi said:
“This campaign is great news for the Welsh NHS and patients in Gower.
“It is signals the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to the training and development of nurses, midwives and other professionals working in our NHS. Compare that to the approach of the Tories who have scrapped nursing bursaries in England, and whose language on Brexit is frightening healthcare professionals away.
“Gower is a great place to live and train and I look forward to seeing the positive impact on numbers of nurses midwives and allied health professionals in our Swansea hospitals."
Notes to editors:
The international campaign will target newly qualified and experienced registered nurses, as well as those who may be considering returning to the profession. The Train, Work, Live campaign will be represented at the RCN Congress in Liverpool from May 13 -17.
It is supported with a single telephone point of contact for all enquiries and online through thewww.trainworklive.wales website. People interested in working in Wales can ring: 01443 848 576 for more details.