By John Smith • 16 July 2020 • 16:03
Michelle Donelan MP
DURING the Covid-19 pandemic in England, student nurses were required to pitch in and work in the NHS and the Universities Minister Michelle Donelan told House of Commons education committee that the students had “really stood up and worked completely hard”.
A fellow Conservative MP and member of the committee Tom Hunt asked whether there would be any reimbursement of part of their tuition fee loans but she made it clear that this was not going to happen
Her explanation was “Universities have continued to support them via their hardship funds, and their time on their placements will continue to form part of their degree courses—which they would have had to do anyway.
“In addition, they have been paid [for their work] and have also got NHS pensions, and at the end of this they can graduate and go on to be fully fledged nurses.”
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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