Prime Minister Cameron defends nurse training plan
22 April 2013 Last updated at 18:45 BST
The government has defended its plan to improve patient care by making trainee nurses spend a year working as health care assistants, after nurses' leaders described the proposal as "stupid".
Delegates at the Royal College of Nursing's annual conference also heard how nurses were over-stretched by low staffing levels.
David Cameron and Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt insist that nurses need to understand the basics of the job and focus on providing care for patients.
Dominic Hughes reports.