Three-quarters of nurses do not think there are enough staff to "get the job done", a survey suggests. And nine out of 10 say that at least one "necessary activity" is not carried out on their shift due to lack of time.

The National Nursing Research Unit found 40 per cent of nurses are dissatisfied with their job.

The researchers, from King's College London and the University of Southampton, found that nurses feel more satisfied in wards where there are fewer patients to care for.