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We're calling for safe and effective care to be enshrined in law in each UK country.
Calling for safe staffing across the UK
The Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 was the first of its kind in the UK.
RCN Wales continues to campaign to protect patient care and empower the ward sister/charge nurse by advocating for the extension of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 to children inpatient wards, mental health inpatient wards, community and care home settings.
In June 2019 the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act became law, the first legislation in the UK to set out requirements for safe staffing across both health and social care services.
Implementation has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the RCN is calling for the Act to be fully implemented by the end of 2021.
Following industrial action during 2019/2020 to achieve pay equality and safe staffing, the priority for RCN Northern Ireland is to hold the Department of Health and Northern Ireland Executive to account for the delivery of the Health Minister’s safe staffing framework, particularly in relation to the implementation of safe staffing legislation.
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28 Jul 2021
Events will be held across the UK as we prepare to consult members on next steps.
17 Jul 2021
RCN demands health secretary is made legally accountable for having enough health care staff as new report shows UK government ignored catalogue of warnings about nursing workforce crisis.
6 Jul 2021
RCN responds to proposed health service reforms in England, pledging to fight for legislative changes to ensure there are enough nursing staff to deliver safe and effective care.