The Scottish Government is developing a Bill on safe staffing in Scotland. This follows a commitment made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at RCN Congress in Glasgow in 2016.
The RCN has responded to the Scottish Government’s initial proposals for the Bill and is calling for guaranteed safe and effective staffing levels in all health and care settings across the UK. Evidence shows that the right number of registered nurses caring for patients is linked to better outcomes for patients and safer care.
Safe and effective staffing in every health and care setting will ensure that people using services are safe and well cared for, wherever they are. Safe staffing must be underpinned by a long-term and robust approach to getting workforce planning right.