PE01819: NHS bursary for Scottish paramedic students


Petitioner: Rachel Taylor


Date Lodged: 09 September 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a bursary for paramedic students across Scotland.

Petition History:

SPICe Briefing (103KB pdf)


24 September 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and reflect on the evidence heard at a future meeting. Link to Official Report of Meeting 24 September 2020     

16 December 2020: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government has committed to consider the issue of financial support for BSc Paramedic Science students as part of its review of the education provided to Allied Health Professionals; and that the Scottish Government is engaging directly with the petitioner. The Committee also agreed to write to the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing. Link to Official Report of Meeting 16 December 2020

Written submissions

PE1819/A: Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport submission of 3 September 2020 (77KB pdf)

PE1819/B: Petitioner submission of 15 September 2020 (86KB pdf)

PE1819/C: Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport of 28 October 2020 (81KB pdf)

PE1819/D: Petitioner submission of 24 November 2020 (84KB pdf)


Student nurses, midwives and student paramedics are all obliged to complete a 3-year degree, with equal hours of completed placements.

Do you agree that it is unfair that, despite these similarities, student nurses and midwives receive a bursary (of £10,000 from 2020/21) but student paramedics do not?

Very unfair!!

Wendy Ignatiuk

18:28 on 26 Aug 2020

Student paramedics should receive same bursary because they have equal rights as other students in the health sector.

Victory Ebuka Achinne

0:42 on 24 Aug 2020

Nurses and Midwives and Paramedics should be treated equally

Jeanette Brindley

20:46 on 22 Aug 2020

They all deserve a bursary

Carol MacKenzie

16:10 on 22 Aug 2020

Student paramedics should be entitled to a bursary the same as student nurses

Martha Potter

19:19 on 18 Aug 2020

This is a service we need !!

Gail Simpson

10:54 on 12 Aug 2020

Why should paramedic students be treated any differently? We are all nhs students therefore should be entitled to an NHS bursary. Its hard to find a full time job while studying due to placement hours so we are having to support ourselves by taking out student loans.

Cheryl Steven

8:56 on 07 Aug 2020

I transferred from Adult Nursing, my passion to working in the healthcare industry gives me the motivation to not allow this unfair gap to succumb my career.

Cassi Stewart

23:33 on 05 Aug 2020

Student paramedics should have this bursary!

Sophie Thomson

21:14 on 05 Aug 2020

No bursery provision for paramedic students is an unfair practice. Change needs to happen

Claire Shepherd

19:43 on 03 Aug 2020

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