A Department of Health spokesman said more nurses were now working in the the acute, general and elderly category.
NHS hospitals hired 2,400 more nurses in just 10 months after the Francis report.
That means there are over 3,300 more nurses working on NHS hospital wards since May 2010. The Francis effect is well under way - real change is happening and care is being put right back at the heart of everything the NHS does.
Our plans mean that, for the first time, we will know how many doctors and nurses we need and how many we have, ward by ward.
And if hospitals do not have enough, the chief inspector will step in and take action. This is a huge step forward for patients.
Nurses are being forced to resort to increasingly desperate measures to save money, with many being forced to take second jobs and make large lifestyle sacrifices, a survey for Nursing magazine Nursing Standard has found.
A Department of Health statement has responded to today's Nursing Time survey and its findings that suggest more than half of nurses think their ward or unit is dangerously understaffed.
There are more clinical staff working in the NHS now than there were in May 2010, and nearly 2,500 new nurses started working in NHS in October 2012 alone.
Hospitals are in charge of setting staffing levels but nursing leaders have been clear that they should publish staffing details and the evidence to show the numbers are right and safe for the services they deliver.
We are working with the sector skills councils, unions and employers to develop minimum training standards and a new code of conduct for health support workers.