This is a ground-breaking piece of legislation. It is the first of this kind in the UK to apply to both health and social care services. The RCN called for the legislation to do more than put the existing workload and workforce planning tools on a statutory footing. These calls have been answered with the majority of our asks included at the final stage.
The RCN would like to thank everyone who has supported our Ask for more campaign.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the commitment to put safe staffing on a statutory footing from the stage of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Congress in 2016.
Over 5,000 people signed up to support our campaign, which highlighted the changes that needed to be made in order for the Bill to make a real difference.
The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill
is only a starting point. No timetable for implementation has been set out as yet and a lot of work will be required to develop the associated guidance and secondary legislation to support implementation.
The RCN will continue to be engaged in this process and will have the opportunity influence and shape how the Bill will impact on the day-to-day running of the health and care services. Work will also continue on the review of existing and the development of new workforce planning methodologies and tools.
Check back on this page for updates in the near future.
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