What do you want from safe staffing legislation?

Now is our chance to create a UK-wide culture change, says the RCN’s Theresa Fyffe
Safe staffing

Now is our chance to create a UK-wide culture change, says the RCN’s Theresa Fyffe

A few years ago, I was not convinced that legislation to ensure staffing for safe and effective care was needed. But I changed my mind.

I have seen too many healthcare decisions in the UK being determined by the availability of cash and staff, and not starting from safe and effective models of care. Too often, coherent workforce strategy and planning gets kicked into the long grass.

If political leaders don’t set expectations on standards of care, clarify who is accountable for what, pay for care and ensure the supply of an appropriate number of students, then nursing staff will continue to carry the can for service failures.

Thousands of RCN members have described the effects that political decisions have on the care they are


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