Health secretary for Wales Vaughan Gething has announced that the NHS bursary in Wales will be extended to cover students starting courses in September 2019.
The full bursary will continue to be available for students in Wales who commit to working in the Welsh NHS for up to two years after qualifying.
Those who do not commit to two years’ work in Wales will not be eligible for the bursary, and are instead supported financially through standard student loan arrangements.
Only 3% of the 2,180 students who applied for the bursary in Wales in 2017/18 declined to work in the country post-qualification.
Commenting on the extended bursary, Mr Gething said: ‘Healthcare students are the future of our NHS, which is why, unlike in England, we are continuing to support them during their studies in return for a commitment to work in Wales.
‘This sends a clear message about how much we value our health care workforce and sets out our commitment to the future of our NHS.’