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Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee issued a call for evidence on the general principles of Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill.


What does this Bill seek to achieve?

The stated purpose of the Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill is to require health service bodies to make provision for safe nurse staffing levels, and to ensure that nurses are deployed in sufficient numbers to:

  • enable the provision of safe nursing care to patients at all times;
  • improve working conditions for nursing and other staff; and
  • strengthen accountability for the safety, quality and efficacy of workforce planning and management.


The Bill and the accompanying Explanatory Memorandum can be found on the Assembly’s website.


What is the Committee’s role?

The role of the Committee is to consider and report on the general principles of the Bill and the need for legislation. 

To consider:

  • whether the provisions in the Bill are the best way of achieving it’s overall purpose as set out in Part 1;
  • potential barriers to the implementation of these provisions and whether the Bill takes account of them;
  • whether there are any unintended consequences arising from the Bill;
  • the financial implications of the Bill as set out in the Regulatory Impact Assessment within the Explanatory Memorandum;
  • the appropriateness of the power in the Bill for Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation and to issue guidance.


The Chair, David Rees AM, speaking about the consultation.


The consultation has now closed.

Supporting documents

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Health and Social Care Committee - Fourth Assembly
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565