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a scottish flag image cbMay 29 2018

New legislation is being planned to set out staffing requirements for NHS organisations and care providers.

The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill will place a legal requirement on NHS boards and care services to ensure appropriate numbers of suitably trained staff are in place, irrespective of where care is received.

The policy intention “is to enable a rigorous, evidence-based approach to decision-making relating to staffing requirements,” said the Scottish Government. “It will also build on Scotland’s innovative, evidence-based and profession-led approach to nursing and midwifery workload planning by facilitating the future development of this approach across health and care settings.”

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “We know there is a clear link between effective and sustainable staffing levels and high-quality care. NHS staffing has increased to a record high under this government, but it’s vital we have the right staff in the right place, with the right skills, long into the future. 

“This legislation will work in practice by ensuring staffing decisions take account of the needs of service users and staff and are supported by available evidence. It will also promote openness and transparency about the basis of staffing decisions.”

Dr Peter Bennie, Chair of BMA Scotland said the Bill does nothing to tackle the core issues of recruitment and retention that are such a problem for NHS boards. 

However, he added: “Legislating for safe staffing levels in our healthcare system is an important step and demonstrates that the Scottish Government rightly takes the issue extremely seriously. 

“Doctors need to know they will be consulted on staffing and have a clear pathway to escalate concerns until they are dealt with effectively. They also need to feel safe and protected to do so. If this bill can deliver on those requirements, then it will undoubtedly benefit both staff and patients, and we are happy to work with the Government and across parliament to deliver on those asks.”

Link:
Scottish Government announcement    
BMA response  
The Scottish Parliament Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill            

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