Plans confirmed for ending paid Covid-19 placements amid student anger

  • Chris Easom
  • July 10, 2020

Student nurses in England who took up the offer to join the frontline response to Covid-19 have finally been offered some clarity about their futures, after tensions on the matter started to reach boiling point. Almost 30,000 student nurses have been deployed into paid placements since April, giving up their right to supernumerary status in order to support the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. While contracts varied between different trusts, most students would have signed up for 6 months. However, it has now been confirmed that paid placements will end for all 2nd year students and most 3rd year students on July 31st. Nevertheless, the information did not filter down to all students, with many giving up paid employment to take on a placement on the assumption that they would have a guaranteed income for 6 months. Student nurses have this week taken to social media to vent their anger. One wrote: “Some of us left jobs for this. Many of us have children and families to care for. All of us will come out with a debt succeeding £30,000 for doing a degree we have such passion for.”