Scotland plans to introduce minimum safe staffing laws

The Scottish government has today announced it will launch a consultation on plans to introduce nursing and midwifery minimum safe staffing laws.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon fist announced plans to hold a consultation on minimum nurse and midwife staffing levels at the Royal College of Nursing’s congress.

The announcement follows the introduction of the ‘Nurse Staffing Act’ in Wales, which will come into force on acute NHS inpatient areas in 2018.


The Scottish government has said it wants to ensure minimum and safe staffing levels to protect both healthcare professionals and patients.

Consultation proposals, which at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital today, reinforced the claim there is a  “clear link” between safe staffing levels and quality care.

You can get involved in the consultation by giving your views here.

You can download the full consultation document here.

Theresa Fyffe, The Royal College of Nursing’s director in Scotland, says she is “pleased that this consultation gives the public and all those who deliver patient care the opportunity to have their say on the shape and scope of the proposed safe staffing legislation”.

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