The government has been defending plans to force trainee nurses to work as healthcare assistants, after the head of the Royal College of Nursing called them "really stupid."
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has insisted the government will press ahead, saying they are the "right thing to do" in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire Hospital Scandal. Rupert Evelyn reports on the escalating row over patient care.
The government says the RCN must work to improve standards instead of as a union for nurses after they hit out at new training plans.
As the government and nursing unions fight over how best to improve care, ITV News asked viewers to share their experiences.