WBUR (NPR Boston), November 7, 2018
Martha Bebinger


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Massachusetts voters have decided the state will not write nurse-to-patient ratios into law. A ballot question that would have set the maximum number of patients assigned to a nurse in hospitals at any given time failed on Tuesday.

"Thank you to the voters of Massachusetts for a vote to protect the best health care system in the nation," said Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association president Steve Walsh, in a victory speech.

The defeat ends the most dramatic chapter in 23 years of commissions, legislation and this ballot initiative that sought to define safe nurse staffing limits. But union leaders who spearheaded this ballot question say the fight to establish patient ratios is not over. [...]

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