Decision Maker Response

Richard Gottfried’s response

Richard Gottfried
State Representative

Apr 13, 2016 —
Thank you for writing to let me know of your support for Assembly bill A.6571, which would create the “Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act.”

As the prime co sponsor of the “Safe Staffing” bill, I agree with you on this important issue. Adequate nurse staffing reduces avoidable patient injuries and deaths and burnout and staff turnover among nurses. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that the odds of patient death increased by seven percent for each additional patient the nurse must care for at a time. This legislation would improve patient care and help overburdened nurses. It is good to know I have your support.

I appreciate your consideration in writing to me.

Very truly yours,
Richard N. Gottfried
Assembly Committee on Health