What the Swiss know about supporting their nurses – and what we can learn from them

Using public favour reaps benefits abroad, while in England nurses are failed again

While England’s parliament has failed the profession on workforce planning, Swiss nurses will reap the benefits of a referendum on improving nurses’ working lives

In late November 2021 the democratic process was used in two European countries – and in two very different ways – to try and hold governments to account on nurse staffing levels.

Switzerland held a national referendum in which the electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour of proposals to support nursing, set out by the Swiss Nurses Association’ and others. The vote achieved a majority of 61%, with a voter turnout of 65.3%.

England’s parliament votes against plan to strengthen nursing workforce