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On March 5th 2014 the National Assembly for Wales agreed that Kirsty Williams AM could introduce proposals for a new law in Wales, the Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill.

A consultation has been launched which is available here and responses are invited by June 17th 2014.

Background

The Bill seeks to enshrine minimum nurse patient ratios in law, to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of staff within our health service to provide safe care at all times.

There is increasing evidence from across the world that nurse staffing levels have a significant impact on patient care and the recruitment and retention of staff.

Nurses who have fewer patients to tend are able to spend a greater amount of time with each patient and as a result can provide better care. If they are more easily able to identify potential problems with a patient's care, then they are able to play a preventative, rather than a simply reactive, role and consequently reduce the level of treatment needed and the cost of this care to the NHS.

Our nurses in Wales have more patients to care for than any other part of the UK, with an average of 10.5 patients per nurse compared to 8.5 in England or 7.2 in Northern Ireland (Source: RCN).

The 2013 RCN Employment Survey for Wales found that 53% of respondents work extra hours every week; workload and stress are key concerns for staff; 56% of nurses feel unable to give the level of care they would like; there are high levels of 'presenteeism' with 55% attending work two or more times in the past 12 months despite not feeling well enough.

Mandatory nurse staffing levels should be seen as an investment not a cost: over the past three years Health Boards in Wales have spent around £132m on agency, bank and overtime, and £117m has been paid out by the NHS on compensation claims.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are campaigning for minimum nurse staffing levels, so that nurses have more time to spend with patients and can provide better care. This will help to cut expenditure on overtime and reduce workload and stress, providing better outcomes for our patients and nurses across Wales.

On March 5th 2014 the National Assembly for Wales agreed that Kirsty Williams AM could introduce proposals for a new law in Wales, the Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill.

The Bill seeks to enshrine minimum nurse patient ratios in law, to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of staff within our health service to provide safe care at all times.  

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    Minimum staffing levels are a basic starting point for proper health care – equally important for the health and wellbeing of patients and staff
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    Yes we do need more nurses.At the moment all we seem to get is more cuts from from the government, and more to come so they say.It’s time the state starting to look after the home folks first.
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    It is becoming dangerous when bank staff are used to replace regular staff, but they are only qualified on paper, and not in experience
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