Proposed bill to enforce nurse-to-patient ratio law

Thursday, May 2, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A new bill is looking to toughen the law surrounding nurse-to-patient ratio laws. Lawmakers say the bill is a way to ensure patient safety and care, but hospitals don't think it's needed.

The bill would enforce California's existing law regarding mandated nurse to patient ratios by imposing large fines if the hospitals fall short.

"It's not a secret that our healthcare system is breaking. that's not a secret to anyone. And it's not a secret that we know that hospitals are doing everything they possibly can to hold onto profits instead of helping people," said Assemblyman Miguel Santiago.