Dr Peter Carter, head of the Royal College of Nursing, has been forced to defend himself after suggesting relatives of the elderly should help care for them in hospital. "We would never suggest that relatives perform tasks that nurses are trained and paid to do, or that they should be compelled to carry out any task," he said. Dr Clare Gerada, of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said the NHS could not afford nurses to feed patients when families could do it. But Patients Association boss Katherine Murphy said: “I’m so angry. The way the elderly are often treated is a national disgrace. The Government should provide more nurses." What's your take?