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Strong Guidance

Nurse Staffing Levels Act: Safe Care Needs Strong Guidance

RCN members and patients from across Wales campaigned passionately in support of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act, which was introduced in 2014 and passed in 2016. 

As you may be aware, the Welsh Government are currently consulting on the draft statutory guidance, which is required by a section of the Act. The RCN in Wales is very concerned that the guidance as drafted is not fit for purpose; it will not ensure that sufficient staffing levels are maintained nor that patient care is improved. 

We would therefore ask you to join us in calling on the Cabinet Secretary for Health Well-being & Sport, Vaughan Gething AM, to ensure that the guidance is strengthened. You can tweet the Cabinet Secretary and we would encourage all members to download and print off our 'Safe Care Needs Strong Guidance' postcard that you can send to him directly. Alternatively you can request copies of the postcard by contacting Rosie Raison.

Here are a few key areas of concern for us in regard to the consultation’s draft guidance: 

• The Chief Nursing Officer’s Principles of 2012, including the recommended ratio of patients to nurses

• The supernummery status of the ward sister (i.e. the fact that they should not be included when calculating the number of patients per registered nurse)

• Protected time for the mentorship of students 

Join us in protecting the integrity of this important law today!


Update: We have now responded to the Welsh Government's consultation, however we will carry on campaigning on this issue until the guidance is strengthened. You can read our response here.