The approach taken at Salford Royal to working out nurse staffing ratios and giving information about them to the public has been supported by a cross party group of MPs including Barbara.
The committee recommends that good practice at Salford Royal Hospital on working out staffing levels should be adopted across the NHS.
Inadequate staffing levels on hospital wards were highlighted as a major issue by the Francis Report into care failures at Mid Staffs hospital. Reports by the Care Quality Commission have also highlighted the fact that many hospitals do not have sufficient staffing levels to provide adequate levels of care.
The committee’s Inquiry looked at was how hospitals can establish safe staffing levels and how the public can find out what staff ratios are on the wards caring for their family members or friends. Salford Royal has adopted a safe staffing level of 1 nurse to 8 patients as a minimum on every ward with higher ratios on some wards.
The hospital also recently took the further step of displaying staff ratios on each ward, with a board displaying the planned and actual numbers of nurses on duty.
“I have raised the issue of staffing ratios many times with the Health Secretary and his Ministers since the release of the Francis report, but they have been reluctant to support any specific approach to this important issue.
“I am pleased that the Health Select Committee is recommending that hospitals across the NHS adopt the good practice used by Salford Royal in working out staffing levels and publishing them to the public on a daily basis.
“This excellent practice brings much-needed transparency to an issue that causes a lot of worry to families and which was shown to be a key factor in the terrible failures at Mid Staffs hospital.”