Fall in NHS district nurses 'causing needless suffering'
23 May 2013 Last updated at 15:34 BST
The Royal College of Nursing says that a fall in the number of NHS district nurses of more than 40 per cent over the last decade is causing needless suffering for patients.
It says the situation is adding to the pressure on casualty departments and ambulance services.
NHS England insists the overall figure for community teams has increased.
Adam Brimelow reports.