The numbers of nurses working on hospital wards will be put on public display from next month.
West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Hemel Hempstead’s Urgent Care Centre as well as Watford and St Albans hospitals, has made the commitment after it was recommended by the government’s health select committee.
It’s a move that is designed to restore public’s trust in the NHS and the group made up of MPs also said a more transparent system will improve care.
West Herts trust chief nurse Jackie Ardley said: “We are committed to being open and transparent with our patients and local people and regularly publish a wide range of data about our hospitals.
“We welcome the Health Select Committee’s recommendation – to regularly publish information about the number of nurses on hospital wards – and will start doing this for our wards from October, supported by our matrons.”
The current ratio on general wards under the trust is one nurse to every eight patients – which is in line with national guidelines.
The ratio on some other wards differs, depending on the level of care needed.
In intensive care the ratio is much higher, often one to one or one nurse to two patients.