The government has found itself in a bitter dispute with the Royal College of Nursing over plans to shake up nursing training by having nurses work for a year as nursing assistants, feeding, washing and dressing patients.
The plans have been dismissed by the RCN as "really stupid" but the Health Secretary has vowed to press ahead, as Rupert Evelyn reports.
ITV News asked for viewers to share their experiences of nursing care within the NHS, and received an overwhelming response from all over the UK. Here are some of the stories from families whose loved ones suffered bad nursing care whilst in hospital.
Anne Shaw, Leicestershire
Anne's husband John was hospitalised following a stroke in 2010. Anne said the nurses failed to take adequate care of her husband's needs, leaving him uncomfortable for long periods of time and scolding him when he attempted to get them to do their job.
Alice James, Liverpool
Alice's husband died on December 31, 2012. Alice describes his experience in hospital as a "nightmare" with very poor levels of care and a bad attitude from nursing staff.
Shirley Calvert, Blackpool
Shirley's husband recently passed away in hospital after being admitted with a chest infection and severe diarrhoea. Whilst in hospital he suffered a fall, as well as "appalling" standards of care and Shirley says she in convinced this is what killed him.
Sue Purchas, Cornwall
Sue's father was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and said he received "shocking" levels of care in hospital. She says nursing staff did not monitor his diabetes appropriately and did not take care to keep him clean or comfortable.
Kim Williams, Surrey
Kim's father died in hospital in hospital in 2005 after being admitted for suspected food poisoning/blockage. Kim says her father was treated "worse than a dog" during his time in hospital, to the extent that he ended up begging his daughter to be "put out of his misery."
Despite the family making several complains Kim says his horrendous levels of care did not improve, and he eventually died of heat exhaustion as he refused to eat or drink.
Geoff had an operation to remove his colon last year which went well, however he had to go back to hospital and had to have emergency surgery. He describes being left alone in a room for more than 8 hours, leaving him dehydrated and having to have a blood transfusion.
ITV News Presenter Mary Nightingale asked the Royal College of Nursing chief Dr Peter Carter what was so "stupid" about the plans for trainee nurses to work as healthcare assistants.
He said the problem with poor care was caused by low levels of staff and overwhelming workloads for nurses, and said the majority of patients receive good care at the hands of hard working nurses who care passionately about patient welfare.