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Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the news from the Scottish Government that the number of student nurses, midwives, and paramedics entering Scottish Government-funded degree programmes will increase by 5.8% in 2021/22 - the ninth successive increase in a row.

Expressing particular pleasure at the planned increase in mental health nurses, Roseanna said:

"It is really good news that the Scottish Government is continuing its commitment to training increased numbers of healthcare professionals with the number of student nurses, midwives and paramedics set to increase by 5.8% in the coming year.

"Not only does that mean that there will be 243 more places for prospective nursing and midwifery students next academic year, but it is the ninth successive increase in a row.

 "The impact of the pandemic will doubtless see an increase in demand for mental health services, indeed I think that is already evident, and so I am particularly pleased that the largest increase this year will be within mental health nursing, with numbers up by 13% on the previous year and an incredible 76% over the course of this Parliament.

"Of course, as well as increasing the number of nursery and midwifery students that are being trained, the Scottish Government - under the SNP - has also ensured that tuition is free for Scots students and that they also receive a £10,000 bursary, the highest level of support anywhere in the UK."

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design