Call for minimum staffing levels at hospitals

Ministers have faced renewed calls for minimum staffing levels in hospitals after an NHS review found staff were too busy to deliver compassionate care to patients.

Dr Peter Carter, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said:

There's an undeniable link between nurse staffing levels and patient mortality and we can't keep failing to address this issue.

Only with the right numbers of nurses, with the right skills, can we ensure patients are looked after with dignity and compassion.

– Dr Peter Carter

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Commons debates NHS failures

The political row between Labour and the Conservatives over 14 failing hospital trusts will continue for a second day in the House of Commons today.