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The Public Health Medicine Committee alluded to these issues in its response to a BMA consultation to the Bawa-Garba situation.
Local Negotiating Committees may be able to play a useful role in this. They can decide - in consultation with management if possible, unilaterally if not - safe staffing levels and ensure that management reports on the extent and duration of breaches of these staffing levels at LNC meetings - and publicise these breaches. We can hold management's feet to the fire on this. It may not get them the resources or ability to balance need and staffing, but it could raise the issue up their priority list.