The consultation for Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams' Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill was launched today.
This marks the next stage in Kirsty's campaign to have minimum nurse staffing levels enshrined in Welsh law, ensuring that there are enough nurses on our hospital wards. Success would see Wales become the first country in the UK with a legal duty on safe nurse staffing levels.
In March, Assembly Members across all parties supported Kirsty's proposal in the chamber. Almost 3,000 people have already supported Kirsty's 'More Nurses' campaign, either through signing her petition or lobbying their AMs. Click here to sign Kirsty's petition.
Outside portraitKirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:
"I am delighted that Assembly Members across all parties voted to ensure the 'More Nurses' bill progressed to the next stage. However there is still a long way to go in this campaign.
"I welcome the development over the weekend that National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance has stated that patients could be at risk if nurses have to care for more than eight people per nurse. While the NICE guidance only applies to England, it is right for the Welsh Government to properly explore what they are proposing.
"Following the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal, safe staffing levels in the NHS is a major issue. That is why I want Wales to lead the way by being the first country in the UK to establish a legal duty for safe nurse staffing levels.
"Nurses in Wales are under huge pressure with more patients to care for per nurse than any other part of the UK. The 'More Nurses' bill has the potential to revolutionise healthcare in Wales. It's time for a good news story in the Welsh NHS and this bill has to the potential to be just that."
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The consultation document on Kirsty's bill.