Healthcare worker-patient ratio the focus of Rep. Riccelli’s new bill

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Representative Marcus Riccelli is sponsoring a bill in the current legislative session proposing safe staffing in hospitals. 

House Bill 1868 will let nurses and other health care staff have appropriate and safe patient ratios. It also seeks to ensure that these healthcare providers will not be overworked. 

Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Hospital Association Cassie Sauer says something needs to be done, but the bill is not the way. She believes it will deepen the staffing crisis. 

Susan Stacey, the Chief Executive of Providence, agrees. She applauded the attempt for safe staffing, but also believes the bill will make the staffing crisis worse. 

If passed, the bill would go into effect in 2024. Riccelli said there would be a long road to make it work. 

Click here to read the bill in its entirety.

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