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The big question: will making staffing levels public help to avoid another Mid Staffs?


In its final response to the Francis report, the government will order hospital boards to review and publish their staffing levels twice a year, Nursing Times understands.

The centrepiece of the government’s response on nurse staffing will be the launch of a new “How To” guide on staffing levels.

It will set out a series of “expectations”, including that hospitasl should use recognised evidence-based tools to determine appropriate staffing levels and review them on a regular basis. Trusts will also be expected to publish staffing levels twice a year.

Do you think this response will prevent failing in care?


Readers' comments (3)

  • Nope. Not unless irresponsible and ignorant managers find themselves in court.

    It has to be nationally set and nationally monitored, but crude numbers aren't enough. We have to get effective skill mixes for safe effective patient care.

    Annual staff 'efficiency' cuts have been in place for as long as most of us have been in nursing. Did anyone really think it wouldn't be harmful?

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  • No, because it's just another ploy by the government to destroy the NHS as free to all, and privatise it. I can't believe how so many, almost all of us, are being steered into this, staff and public alike.

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  • No point in making it public if there's no mandatory safe levels set, depending on the needs of patients.

    No point in making it public if there's no effective sanctions on managers (and some irresponsible senior nurses!) who take risks with patient safety.

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