In a ceremony today in Cardiff, the Nurse Staffing Levels Bill (also known as More Nurses Bill) received its seal of approval to become law. This means that Wales is the first country in the UK that has a legal duty to have sufficient nurse staffing levels on acute hospital wards.
Tina Donnelly, Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said: “I am delighted to have witnessed this very momentous occasion. Wales is leading the way in improving patient care and becoming a world leader in health care. This is a truly historic moment for Wales and the UK but more importantly this is great news for patients and the nurses entrusted with their care as this new law will definitely save lives. Our government has listened to nurses, health organisations and the general public. RCN members worked hard to provide evidence to Assembly Members on the importance of this bill by writing letters, sending emails, face-to-face meetings and social media.
We are grateful to Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, who put forward a private member’s bill on safe nurse staffing levels. She has remained committed and dedicated to this bill and her hard work has paid off.”