Massachusetts residents vote no on Question 1

Boston Statehouse

One of the most debated items on this election’s ballot was whether nurses should have a limit for how many patients they can be assigned to.

Emotions are running high across the state Wednesday morning following the results of this years midterm elections.

We now know that voters rejected one of the most hotly-contested questions on the ballot.

Question 1 would have set mandatory limits on nurse-to-patient ratios. 

A “yes” vote on Ballot Question 1 would have limited the number of patients assigned to registered nurses in hospitals and other care facilities.

Many nurses themselves were divided over the proposal.

Opponents argued staffing requirements should not be set by a voter law. They added that hospitals and other facilities are best managed when there is flexibility in assigning nurses as needed

The Massachusetts Nurses Union has conceded defeat on Question 1.

The Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association President, Steven Walsh has thanked Massachusetts voters for voting to protect ” the best health care system in the nation.” 

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