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MP welcomes move to release staffing levels on hospital wards

November 21, 2013 2:18 PM

Tim and the Lib Dems at WGHSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the Government's announcement yesterday that hospital trusts in England are to be made to publish monthly details of whether they have enough nurses on their wards.

From April, patients will be able to see the numbers on a new national safety website. There will be no national minimum staffing standard, but it is likely to include recommended nurse-to-patient ratios for different types of ward.

The announcement forms part of the government's response to the public inquiry into the StaffordHospital scandal. Ministers have also announced:

• Hospitals will have to produce quarterly reports on how they are handling complaints and clearly set out how patients can raise them.

• A legal duty of candour on organisations to be open and honest about mistakes.

• A criminal offence of wilful neglect to hold staff to account.

• A "fit and proper person's test" so managers who have failed in past will be barred from taking up posts.

• A care certificate to ensure healthcare assistants and social care workers have the right skills and training.

• Every patient should have the names of a responsible consultant and nurse listed above their bed.

Tim said: "Staffing levels are not the be all and end all but they are a massive indicator of healthcare. The staff that work in our hospitals are amazing and deserve to be praised to the hilt. I hope that these figures will allow the public to see what is going on on the ward.

"The new hospitals trust management is starting to really turn round our trust and I hope that when these figures are published that will be yet another indicator of their progress."