The Welsh Liberal Democrats’ More Nurses Bill will give the Welsh NHS “the good news story it’s been looking for” if passed this week, the party has said.
My Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill is expected pass Stage 4 of the legislative process on Wednesday. The Bill would see Wales become the first part of Europe with a legal duty to have sufficient nurse staffing levels on hospital wards.
In the history of the Assembly, only one other Private Members Bill has made it all the way into law – the Mobile Homes Bill passed by Welsh Lib Dem AM Peter Black.
Over 4,500 members of the public have signed petitions in support of the Bill which, if it passes stage 4 next week, could receive royal assent in March.
After two years of graft and hard work, we’re on the cusp of something big. This small but fundamental change in the way we staff our wards with nurses will undoubtedly save lives.
The logic is simple: more nurses on our wards means each nurse can spend more time with each patient, ensuring better care as a result. More staff nurses means health boards won’t have to fork out for expensive agency nurses, saving our NHS money in the long run.
If this Bill is passed by the Assembly, the Welsh NHS will finally have the good news story it’s been looking for – and it will have been delivered by Welsh Liberal Democrats. This is a clear sign that we can be trusted to put patients first within our health service.