Safe Staffing

Using legislation to save patient lives

Outlawing under-staffing in Wales could protect patients – but it will cost. Alison Moore reports

Outlawing under-staffing in Wales could protect patients – but it will cost. Alison Moore reports.

Abstract

Wales is set to become the first UK country to establish a legal duty for safe nurse staffing levels. A bill being debated this week by the Welsh assembly would require health organisations to enable safe nursing care and take all reasonable steps to ensure minimum staff-to-patient ratios for adult acute beds in hospitals.

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First published in print in Nursing Standard: 3 June 2015, volume 29, issue 40.

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