Labour calls for action to stop NHS job losses

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said 10% of hospitals are understaffed and the NHS was engulfed in chaos. He said:

Ministers must intervene to stop the job losses and urgently bring forward a plan to ensure that all hospitals in England have enough staff to provide safe care.

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Nurse staffing at an 'unsafe' level

Patient care is unsafe on wards with each registered nurse regularly looking after more than eight patients, according to nursing leaders. Safe and Sound, the Safe Staffing Alliance, says the figure is based on hard evidence.