VALE of Clwyd AM Ann Jones has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that the NHS Wales Bursary scheme will remain in place.

The decision will help individuals electing to study an eligible healthcare-related programme in Wales commencing in the academic year 2020/2021.

While the bursary – for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals – was withdrawn in England in 2017, the full package will continue to be available in Wales for those who commit to working in Wales for up to two years after qualifying.

This announcement provides certainty about bursary arrangements until 2021 to both students and providers to enable them to plan for their future.

Ann Jones said: “This decision is about investing in the future of the Welsh NHS.

"I welcome the Welsh Government’s commitment to training the next generation of nurses and midwives.

"I have recently met with students who were keen to see the bursary maintained and told me of the practical ways the bursary has assisted them with their course."

She added: "In Wales, we value our healthcare workforce and are committed to supporting them through their studies.”