Department of Health: 'More clinical staff working in NHS now than two years ago'
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.
More than half of nurses think their ward or unit is dangerously understaffed, a Nursing Times survey revealed today.
Nearly six out of 10 (57%) described their ward as sometimes or always "dangerously understaffed", the research showed.
Over three quarters (76%) said they had witnessed "poor" care in their ward or unit over the past year - of which nearly 30% said they see poor care regularly.
Ahead of the the publication of the public inquiry report into deaths at Mid Staffordshire Hospital, the magazine polled 600 of its readers across a range of issues including staffing, patient safety and NHS culture.
The Government is meeting with 22 nursing leaders today to launch the Nursing and Care Quality Forum. Public Health Minister, Anne Milton, says they're investing a million pounds to raise standards across the UK and ensure patients are treated with "dignity, compassion and respect".