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Safe staffing legislation moves a step closer

7 Dec 2018

MSPs unanimously backed the general principle of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill following a debate in the Scottish Parliament yesterday (Thursday 6 December).

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is clear that the Bill presents an opportunity to get staffing levels right so that patients always receive safe and effective care. The Stage 1 debate highlighted that delivering safe staffing is about more than putting workforce and workload planning tools on a statutory footing. 

Commenting on the outcome of the Stage 1 debate RCN Scotland Director, Theresa Fyffe, said:
“We are pleased that the Bill has passed its first stage but there is more work to be done to ensure this legislation makes a real difference for patients and staff.

“Nurses and health care support workers in hospitals, community teams and care homes, are stretched to breaking point.  

“The nursing profession is in no doubt that Scotland needs this legislation and that more detailed scrutiny will be required over the coming weeks.”

Over 3,500 nurses, health care support workers and members of the public have signed up to ‘Ask for More’ for nursing teams and their patients, supporting the RCN’s call for the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill to make a real difference.

You can find out more about the Ask for More campaign and RCN Scotland’s position on the Bill on our campaign pages.

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