Forget Cameron's bluster about the number of doctors and managers.
The issues about the NHS over the last year have all been about nursing. A competent government would recognise that nursing numbers are important and that we need investment in more nurses. However, we don't have a government that can be described as being competent.
The aggregated number (full time equivalent) of nursing staff in hospitals and community services was 310,793 at the time of the 2010 election; in October 2011 (the latest data) there were 307,825. The following graph shows the trend over the last 18 months.
We need more nurses, yet the government's policy is to cut their numbers.