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Campaign for Legislation on Nurse(Midwife)/ Patient Ratio in English NHS Hospitals

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Presently there is no Law requiring Trusts to have a minimum nurse(midwife)/patient ratio in wards in hospitals in England. Therefore is perfectly legal to ask one Qualified nurse to care for 15 or more patients supported by an auxillary in a medical, surgical, geriatric, orthopaedic ward etc (list not comprehensive) Research in England and the USA has shown that wards with lower nurse patient ratios have higher mortality rates ( up to 26% in a English study of 118,572 patients episodes ) In California, USA, a Law was signed in 1999 an implemented in 2004. Ratios have been recently revised and improved. Most observers agree that it has been a success.Similar Laws exist in Australia and Canada. I urge nurses of all types and grades, midwifes, doctors , all hospital staff and public to sign this petition and ask your prospective MP on this vital issue. Milton Pena


Milton Pena Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Tameside General Hospital Ashton under lyne


Prime Minister Comission Future of Nursing and Midwifery Mental Nurse/patient ratio
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