The Safe Staffing Alliance has been formed to demand mandatory nurse to patient ratios.
The alliance has stated that under no circumstances is it safe to care for patients in need of hospital treatment with a ratio of more than eight patients per registered nurse during the day on general acute wards, including those specialising in care for older people.
The group has also said that registered nurses must at all times be supported by a sufficient number of healthcare assistants and a senior registered nurse in charge of the ward.
Would you welcome mandatory staffing ratios? How many patients do you think a nurse should be caring for on a ward?