'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.

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New analysis shows shortage of nurses on NHS wards

Figures suggest that 43 per cent of NHS wards have only one nurse for every eight patients. Credit: ITV News

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, a figure flagged up in the "red zone" of a recent government safety report.

Experts have also warned that elderly care statistics showing on average more than 9.1 patients per nurse, could compromise care.

Today, MPs called for the number of nurses on duty in every English hospital ward should be collected daily and published to help prevent a repeat of the Stafford hospital scandal.

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