What does the public have to say?

Prior to the official launch of our campaign, the petition for a student paramedic bursary already acheived an incredible result: 17,000 signatures and still climbing. We wanted to give you some examples of comments given by our supporters who signed this petition prior to our official launch to give you some insight as to how the people of this country feel. While these comments are publicly available on our Petition's comments section, to respect the privacy of our supporters, and align with GDPR rules, we have anonomysed their comments by giving only their first initial.

We would also like to take this opportunity to extent our massive thanks and gratitude to all of those who have signed and commented supporting our petition.

Here are just a few of the things our Petition's supporters had to say:

They are a necessary part of modern life ....totally essential. There was no point in clapping for our NHS workers if we can’t look after them and give them basics to train in these roles.
K.


It’s crazy that paramedicine students aren’t given the same consideration as nursing and medical students when it has the same high demand with regards to placements and workload.
N.


All health professionals who have a major placement requirement as part of their training should have equal status! I say this as a former health professional!
J.


My daughter wants to be a paramedic, but with no bursary she couldn’t even think to apply. Nurses get their bursaries, why shouldn’t paramedics
N.


We’ve relearned the importance of what paramedics do for us during the pandemic. Of the two I know personally, both contracted the virus. They’ve been overworked and we need to train more, and do everything we can to attract more people into the vocation.
A.


Essential to helping people, it is a good way to spend tax money to subsidize these key health workers while training.
H.


My son wanted to be one after being a medic in the army but he couldn't afford it
W.


Ambulance staff are a vital service and deserve to be supported financially by a bursary. This may encourage more to join this workforce.
M.


I’d really like to see young men and women who want to be paramedics have financial help to follow their dreams.
I.


This is a front line, essential emergency service in which staff have to deal with physical and psychological stresses on a daily basis. They should be entitled to receive a bursary to attract the best candidates and to ensure they don't have to live in penury while training.
M.


I was lucky to be in full-time employment as a Technician and had full funding for my training from the service. The students of the future won't have that luxury and they deserve as much help as possible!
K.


We need to encourage people to do this highly skilled work.
J.


Despite the best efforts of the Paramedics my wife died suddenly last week. They did a fantastic job in trying to save my wife but sadly to no avail. We need these people and those aspiring to be Paramedics should be financial supported
I.


I’m a student nurse and believe that student paramedics should receive equal opportunities and support throughout their education.
R.


I feel its so important that the government supports the training of these vital front line workers.
K.


I'm a student paramedic in Glasgow and have seriously suffered financially, I know a bursary would have made a significant difference
E.


So unfair and short sighted not to give paramedic students a bursary.
L.


Paramedics in Scotland have long sought professional recognition and are now at the stage where completion of a degree course in Paramedicine is the qualification needed to apply to do the job. However, with the requirement to gain such a professional qualification there should also come the financial support from which similar & longer established medical professions benefit e.g. nurses. Paramedics are literally on the frontline of primary healthcare so students thereof deserve better. Gone are the days when either Ambulance Technicians or Paramedics can be viewed as ‘ambulance drivers’.
G.


Surely in order to ensure our first line responders get the best opportunity to learn and qualify they must be supported financially? It beggars belief that this is not already in place.
A.


This is vitally important.
E.


Why would you not sign this petition?
F.

These comments were all made prior to publishing and before our official campaign launch date of 19/08/2020.