Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told ITV News he wants to see more staff in A&E departments to help struggling hospitals cope with increased demand.
He said that even though there were 6,000 more doctors than at the time of the last election, more staff were needed, as Labour allowed GPs to withdraw from out of hours schemes, which Labour disputes. Science and Medical Editor Lawrence McGinty reports.
The health secretary's comments come after the College of Emergency Medicine warned that chronic understaffing levels is putting patients at risk.
Their report said that departments are struggling to cope with "unsustainable workloads" as the amount of people visiting A&E increased by one million last year, bringing the total to 18,300,190.
Labour said Hunt's admission was shocking in light the "chaos" and job losses the government has presided over.
The College of Emergency Medicine have welcomed the comments, saying they hope to work with the Department of Health to help address the present "workforce crisis."