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Calling for safe staffing across the UK
The Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 was the first law of its kind in the UK. It requires health boards to provide sufficient nursing staff so that all patients can receive sensitive care. Section 25B defines the appropriate number of nurses for children's wards and adult medical and surgical wards.
RCN Wales continues to campaign for the extension of Section 25B to new settings, particularly mental health inpatient wards, community nursing, and care homes.
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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1 Aug 2022
A majority of Isle of Man nurses have indicated that they would be willing to take industrial action over their pay, in a formal ballot conducted members working for Manx Care.
25 Jul 2022
The RCN, who provided evidence for both reports, calls on ministers to prioritise safe staffing amidst serious safety concerns
22 Jul 2022
We’ll consult members on what action they want to take in response to another inadequate below inflation pay deal.