Jenny Willott MP calls on AMs to support Minimum Nurse Staffing Levels Bill

March 5, 2014 3:23 PM

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Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, is calling on Assembly Members in Cardiff 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 today, March 5th.

If the vote passes, then the proposed bill will progress to committee stage where it will be properly scrutinised.

Jenny Willott MP 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. 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.

"I am urging all AMs across Wales, and particularly those in Cardiff, to put party politics aside and support this great cause by voting for the bill today."

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

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