The Royal College of Nursing in Wales has called on the public to back proposed legislation for minimum safe staffing levels to be introduced.
The Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill is the opportunity for Wales to “lead the way” in UK healthcare, by enshrining safe staffing levels as a part of law, said the RCN.
“I’d urge anyone who feels passionately about receiving high standards of health care to sign this e-petition”
The legislation was proposed by Welsh Assembly member and Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams, as previously reported by Nursing Times in February.
In March, assembly members voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing her to progress her proposed bill to the next stage in the legislative process, and a consultation took place between July and September on a draft of the legislation.
Retired RCN member, Richard Jones MBE, has now set-up an online petition in support of the bill on the National Assembly for Wales’s website.
Mr Jones said: “As a former nurse, I am someone who is still actively engaged in the issues facing the nursing community in Wales. This piece of proposed legislation is an opportunity to not only ensure a better future for my past colleagues, but an opportunity to set the tone for the future of the Welsh NHS.”
“By investing in our nursing workforce we are investing in our patients,” he said. “I’d urge anyone who feels passionately about receiving high standards of health care to sign this e-petition, making it known to assembly members that this bill is fully supported by members of the Welsh public.”
RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly said: “It is important that the public engage on a topic as important as this.
“By the Welsh public recognising the significance of Kirsty’s bill, and signing this e-petition, we can hopefully build an even stronger case for its approval when it is put to the Health and Social Care Committee in December,” she said.
To sign the e-petition, visit the petitions area of the National Assembly for Wales’s website