Lawmakers introduce health-care safe staffing standards legislation


This week, Sen. June Robinson (D‑Everett) and Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D‑Spokane) intro­duced bipar­tisan legis­la­tion to create new safe staffing standards for hospi­tals in Washington. The WA Safe + Healthy coali­tion supports the legis­la­tion, which it said would help protect health-care workers and ensure patients get the care they deserve.

Also supporting the bill in the House are Reps. Strom Peterson, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Lauren Davis, and Cindy Ryu, all who repre­sent Edmonds.

Last month, as The Beacon reported, UFCW 21, SEIU Health­care 1199NW and the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion – which collec­tively repre­sent more than 71,000 health-care workers in the state – launched the WA Safe + Healthy campaign calling on lawmakers in Olympia to pass legis­la­tion to deal with the unprece­dented burnout and unsafe work condi­tions health-care workers are facing.


THE EDMONDS BEACON: Lawmakers introduce health-care safe staffing standards legislation (1/13/22)