Aled Roberts supports Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels Bill

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, has today pledged to support the call for Wales to become the first country in the UK to establish a legal duty for safe nurse staffing levels in hospital wards.

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, has today pledged to support the call for Wales to become the first country in the UK to establish a legal duty for safe nurse staffing levels in hospital wards.

In December, Kirsty Williams AM was successful in the National Assembly’s ballot to introduce backbench legislation. Her proposed bill calls for minimum nursing levels to be enshrined in law. Assembly Members will vote on the proposed bill on the 5th March. If the vote passes, then the proposed bill will progress to committee stage where it will be properly scrutinised.

Aled Roberts said:

“I want Wales to lead the way in being the first country in the UK to establish a legal duty for safe nurse staffing levels. Such a move has been proven to improve patient outcomes. This significant change has the potential to transform the quality of care provided in the Welsh NHS. Nurses who have fewer patients to tend to are able to spend a greater amount of time with each patient and as a result can provide better care.”

The Royal College of Nursing in Wales has offered its full support for the bill having campaigned for an increase in nursing numbers.

Tina Donnelly TD, DL, CCMI, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said: “The RCN in Wales graciously thanks this Assembly Member who is offering their support to this much needed legislation. Minimum nurse staffing levels will improve patient care and save lives. The RCN urges all Assembly Members irrespective of political affiliation to get behind this worthy bill. The RCN continues to work with managers, clinical leaders, nurses and politicians to raise the standards of care and tackle poor practice. “


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