Half of UK hospital wards 'regularly understaffed'

The figures show large gaps in nurse numbers in some UK hospitals Credit: ITV News

New research from King's College London claims almost half of all UK hospital wards are regularly understaffed.

Nursing leaders says it put patients at risk, especially the elderly.

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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.