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Workforce: Legislation alone won’t solve this staffing crisis

Whether England follows Wales or Scotland’s lead, there are other factors to consider

Whether England follows Wales or Scotland’s lead, there are other factors involved in safe staffing

The RCN has committed to pushing for safe staffing legislation in England. As it mulls over which type of staffing legislation to lobby for at Westminster, another UK country has made progress.

On 2 May, the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) bill was passed by the Scottish parliament, making Scotland the second UK country to put safe staffing into law. Wales was first, introducing nurse safe staffing legislation for adult acute wards in April 2018.

The Scottish legislation is different from that in Wales in that it is not nursing specific – it

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