Calls for culture change in the NHS

The Chairman of the Health Select Committee, Stephen Dorrell, has called on the NHS to be more transparent and publish nursing ward staffing levels on a daily basis.

The Conservative MP said that the Stafford hospital scandal must be an “electric shock” that galvanises the NHS to become more open.

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'Shortage' of nurses on wards

Hundreds of hospitals do not have enough nurses to care for patients properly, according to analysis of staffing levels by The Times. Research found that 43 per cent of NHS wards have only one nurse for every eight patients.