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The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific patient needs.

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California Health Care Workers Support MA Question 1 – Safe Patient Limits (Video)

Youtube: Health care workers who experienced safe patient limits becoming law in California 14 years ago confirm that no hospitals closed as a result, no non-RN staff were laid off and the law helped patients. They support a similar law in Massachusetts and encourage voters to say YES to Question 1 on November 6.

Should there be a limit to the number of patients assigned to nurses (radio)

WGBH: Is it best to legally limit how many patients one nurse can care for? That’s what Massachusetts voters will decide on election day in November.

When Nurses Strike

Jacobin Magazine: California is currently the only state in the nation with minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. When other state legislatures have tried to follow suit, powerful hospital industry associations have blocked passage of all similar bills.

Registered Nurses Unite for Question 1: Safe Patient Limits

Press Release: Groups across North America support the Patient Safety Act; Dozens of surveys and studies echo their voices.

Here are the November 2018 Massachusetts ballot questions

Metro: Voting “yes” on Question 1 on the November ballot would limit the number of patients that could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and other health care facilities. 

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