Wales adopts safe staffing laws while the rest of the UK watches
Erin Dean Freelance health journalist
A law requiring provision of sufficient numbers of nurses in medical and surgical wards will soon take effect in Wales. Scotland plans to follow suit, but England and Northern Ireland are not budging
A law on safe nurse staffing levels in adult acute medical and surgical inpatient wards comes into force in Wales on 6 April. The Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act, the first law of its kind in Europe, places responsibility on health boards to calculate and provide sufficient numbers of nurses to care ‘sensitively’ for patients.
Nursing Standard. 32, 30, 12-14. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.30.12.s10