The Government has tried to distance itself from claims NHS wards are "dangerously understaffed".
A Department of Health spokesman said more nurses were now working in the the acute, general and elderly category.
NHS hospitals hired 2,400 more nurses in just 10 months after the Francis report.
That means there are over 3,300 more nurses working on NHS hospital wards since May 2010. The Francis effect is well under way - real change is happening and care is being put right back at the heart of everything the NHS does.
Our plans mean that, for the first time, we will know how many doctors and nurses we need and how many we have, ward by ward.
And if hospitals do not have enough, the chief inspector will step in and take action. This is a huge step forward for patients.
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