Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the publication of Professor Don Berwick's report on patient safety in the NHS, said:
“All the experts are now telling the Government to get a grip on staffing levels. The time for excuses is over.
“While Ministers dragged their feet, over 800 nursing jobs were lost last month alone - now totalling almost 5,000 since the election.
“David Cameron must now urgently intervene to ensure safe staffing levels in our hospitals. These dangerous cuts to nursing posts prove you can't trust the Tories with the NHS.”