Seven in 10 of us feel the NHS is dangerously short of nurses.
A survey for the Royal College of Nursing found 70 per cent agreed numbers were too low to ensure safe treatment.
When asked what concerned them most about it, 28 per cent said they feared they or their families may not get the care they need.
The RCN today unveils its nursing workforce standards document, which says staffing plans should be designed by a senior nurse for patient needs, rather than cost.
Acting general secretary Pat Cullen said: “The shortage of nursing staff across all specialisms, in the NHS and independent sector, compromises patient safety.
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"It’s vital we have the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.”
There are officially over 50,000 NHS nursing vacancies but this is thought to have risen in the pandemic.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We are committed to delivering 50,000 more nurses by the end of this Parliament.”