BORIS Johnson vows to give the NHS “everything it needs” as he unveiled plans to bring back nursing bursaries.
Student nurses will get grants of between £5,000 to £8,000 a year to help pay for their studies.
It is part of Boris’ pledge to add an extra 50,000 nurses over the next five years as he turns the triumphant Tories into the new party of the NHS.
The PM said: “I have heard loud and clear that the priority of the British people is to focus on the NHS – and to make sure this treasured institution has everything it needs to deliver world-class care.
“The dedicated doctors and nurses epitomise everything that makes the NHS so revered across the world – skill, compassion, energy and dedication.
“At the heart of our manifesto was the guarantee that we will deliver 50,000 more nurses, and this new financial support package is a crucial part of delivering this.
“There can be no doubting our commitment to the NHS, and over the coming months we will bring forward further proposals to transform this great country.”
Mr Johnson is hosting a reception for NHS staff at Downing Street to thank them for their hard work over the festive period.
It comes just days after Mr Johnson vowed to bring in a new law enshrining his promise to pump an extra £34billion into the NHS.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The NHS is there for all of us in our time of need, thanks to the skill, dedication and compassion of its staff.
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“I know from my grandma, who worked nights as a nurse, just how compassionate and hard-working our nurses are.”
Under the plans, every student nurse starting from this September will get a £5,000 grant.
And extra payments of up to £3,000 will be given to students in areas or specialisms struggling to recruit, or juggling children with training to help meet their childcare costs.