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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