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More Nurses needed

This is an article for Seaside News

Like the UK Parliament, the Welsh Assembly has a system whereby backbench members can bring forward their own legislation.

Kirsty Williams, who represents Brecon and Radnorshire is seeking to use this to make Wales the first country in the UKto establish a legal duty for safe nurse staffing levels and I am backing her all the way.

Her idea, which was debated for the first time on 5th March seeks to enshrine minimum nurse staffing levels in law.

There is increasing evidence that under-staffed wards put unreasonable pressure on medical staff and that this can lead to mistakes or important tasks remaining undone. This pressure, together with the physical demands of thejob can lead to high levels of sick and absence and this increases the strain nurses are put under.

I believe that following the example of other countries and addressing Wales' poor ratio of nurses to beds by legislation will help to ensure a higher quality of care for patients and address some of the issues that have arisen in Welsh hospitals recently.

I urge everyone to visit to make their voice heard.

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