Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minster, in response to today's findings from the Care Quality Commission, said:
"It is woefully inadequate that one in four hospitals, clinics and care homes are failing to meet basic standards for patient safety and quality of care.
"And it is hugely concerning that one in 10 services failed to meet legal staffing levels that are so crucial to high quality care and patient welfare.
"Patients are paying the price for David Cameron's failings. He distracted the NHS with an unnecessary re-organisation costing over £3 billion and has axed almost four thousand nursing jobs since the election.
"It’s clear for everyone to see that the NHS is slipping backwards on the watch of a Prime Minister who promised to protect it - it's about time he got an urgent grip on the situation."