A major vote on the More Nurses Bill in the Assembly on Wednesday offers Wales the opportunity to transform the way care is provided in our NHS, Kirsty Williams AM has said today.
In December 2013, Kirsty Williams was successful in the National Assembly’s ballot to introduce backbench legislation. Her proposal would see Wales become the first country in the UK with a legal duty on safe nurse staffing levels. Two cross-party Assembly Committees have given their backing to the Bill.
Since the start of the ‘More Nurses’ campaign, over 4,000 people have signed the petition in support of the Bill.
Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:
“The premise of my More Nurses Bill is very simple: nurses who have fewer patients to care for, can spend more time with each patient. As a result, they can provide better, safer care.
“I want to give nurses the time to identify and address potential problems with a patient's care, so they can play a preventative, rather than simply a reactive role. This in turn improves patient outcomes, including saving patients’ lives.
“I am sick and tired of reading bad news stories about our NHS here in Wales. Patients and staff deserve better. This Bill offers Wales an opportunity to lead by example by becoming the first country to put a legal duty on safe nurse staffing levels.
“I urge Assembly Members from all parties to unite so we can help transform healthcare in the Wales”.
The vote in the National Assembly on Wednesday June 3rd will be the end of Stage 1 of the Bill. If Assembly Members vote in favour the bill then the Bill will progress to stage 2 and be open for the first round of amendments.