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New York State Governor Patterson has just signed into law the Nursing Quality Protection Act which requires hospitals and other heath care facilities to report information about nursing staff levels and certain data regarding the quality of patient care to State agencies as well as members of the public that request this information.

This information will hopefully aid state agencies in regulating the quality of care rendered and prevent injuries from taking place within hospitals and nursing homes.  It will also provide the public with the access to important information in making decisions concerning where treatment is to be rendered.

In the current health care debate, their are those who are seeking to limit the rights of those injured by medical negligence to receive full and fair compensation rather than than address the root causes of medical negligence.  Diminishing patient rights is not the solution.  The correct approach is the reduction in medical errors.  This legislation will expose inadequate staffing and provide important quality of care indicators.

Victims of medical error can seek redress by contacting the New York medical malpractice attorneys at De Caro & Kaplen, LLP



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