This is your chance to make a difference to nursing in Wales by signing the Welsh Liberal Democrat petition.
Nurses in Wales are constantly telling us that they're under pressure. They're firefighting at the frontline with increasing workloads and frustrated at being unable to provide the quality of care that they are trained to, and want to, deliver.
People up and down Wales are shocked when they are told that there is currently no legal duty to provide safe nurse staffing levels in Welsh hospitals. That's why Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader, Kirsty Williams has introduced proposals for a new law which will ensure that there are minimum numbers of nurses on wards
The Welsh Liberal Democrat plan will enshrine an obligation for safe nurse staffing levels into law, ensuring that we get more nurses onto wards and giving them more time to care for each patient. It aims to improve care outcomes for patients and improve working conditions for staff.
According to overwhelming evidence elsewhere in the world this plan should achieve just that. In places like California and Australia where similar legislation has been passed, patient care has improved with lower mortality and readmission rates, fewer slips and falls or medication errors. Nursing costs in those places have decreased through better workforce planning, which reduces spending on overtime and temporary staff.
Over 3,000 people have supported our campaign by signing our petition. You can sign too.
It's about time the Welsh NHS had some good news. Let's give patients and hardworking staff the good news story they deserve.