Earlier this week, the Berwick report was unveiled amidst much speculation that it would recommend minimum staffing levels. However, the report did not give a specific number and instead recommended providers should “ensure they have sufficient staff to meet the NHS’s needs now and in the future”. The review also added support to Robert Francis’ recommendation that NICE develop evidence to enable minimum staffing tools to be devised.
In an interview with Nursing Times, one of the experts from Professor Berwick’s review team, Elaine Inglesby-Burke, acknowledged there was disappointment over this decision but explained that the report looked at patient safety across the health service and minimum staffing level appropriate to one area may be dangerous in another.
What do you think?
- Should the report have suggested a legal minimum staff to patient ratio?
- What problems could such a ratio incur?