DoH: 'We have added 5,100 nurses since 2010'

The Department of Health has defended the Government's record on nurses after the body that sets NHS standards warned that nurses risk being overburdened with too many patients.

The NHS standards watchdog has issued a warning about nurses' workload. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A DoH spokeswoman said:

"There are over 5,100 more nurses on our wards since 2010 and in response to the Francis Inquiry we have been tough on insisting on compassionate care in our hospitals."

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NHS watchdog warns over nurse-patient ratios

The organisation which sets NHS standards - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) - has said that nurses in hospitals should not have to look after more than eight patients each at any one time.