Patient Safety is Our Number One Priority
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.
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.
Press Release: Groups across North America support the Patient Safety Act; Dozens of surveys and studies echo their voices.
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.
Athol Daily News: The Patient Safety Act, which would set a limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, has secured a spot on the November 2018 ballot. According to the Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care, which drafted the proposed law, the Secretary of the Commonwealth notified the committee the office certified 18,145 signatures in favor of the safety act.
Boston.com: Question 1 would place a limit on the number of patients a single nurse can be assigned at a time and impose a $25,000 fine on hospitals that violate those ratios.