BDA joins healthcare bodies in supporting motion of regret on NHS bursaries

BDA joins healthcare bodies in supporting motion of regret on NHS bursaries

07 April 2017

The BDA has joined ten other healthcare professional bodies and trade unions, including the Royal College of Nursing and Unison, to urge members of the House of Lords to show their opposition to changes to Nursing and AHP bursaries. Lord Clark of Windermere has tabled a Motion of regret on the Statutory Instrument being used to scrap NHS bursaries in England.

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 9,000 members.

The BDA and our partners continue to oppose the government’s decision to remove the bursaries for nurses and AHPs from 2017/18. We believe the removal of the bursaries may have a detrimental effect upon the numbers and diversity of applicants for these vital healthcare roles, at a time when the NHS needs more skilled healthcare professionals. Under the new system, a student who takes a maximum tuition and maintenance loan for three years would graduate with student loan borrowing of between £49,041 and £60,756 depending on the course studied, the location and whether or not the student lives in the parental home.

The Motion of regret from Lord Clark will be debated in the House of Lords on 26 April 2017 at around 7pm. Read the briefing created by the BDA and our partners, which will be circulated to peers. 

For more information, please contact the BDA Press Office on: 0800 048 1714

Notes to the Editor:

  • Visit the BDA website at and on Twitter at @BrDieteticAssoc
  • Registered dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
  • Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, Non Government Organisations and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.

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