Requirements of the new health and care safe staffing legislation in Scotland will differ across general practice settings according to the operating model of individual practices.

The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 came into effect this month, setting out requirements for safe staffing across NHS and care services.

However, many GP practices will not be bound by the legislation because they are not directly run by a health board in Scotland, meaning many general practice nurses will not see the benefits of safe staffing regulations.

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