Britain has 53% MORE nurses than it needs - despite claims that NHS wards are 'brutally understaffed' with 42,000 vacant posts

  • A study of nursing staff numbers around the world has ranked UK among the top
  • Experts say hiring more nurses would produce 'diminishing returns'
  • They claim 100 per 10,000 people is the optimum number – the UK has 153
  • But UK nurses have hit back, saying hospital wards are 'brutally understaffed'